The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Lil Rockerfeller, (1350 Goodwood), 2pts win, 5/1:
He landed a big nap for us when storming 15l clear to win this race last year. Now a whopping 17lbs higher but clearly earned that. Lil has an aversion to starting stalls, making this unique flag-started race his only feasible target in the flat season. Has an uncomplicated front running style, a marriage made in heaven with jockey De Sousa. May not storm clear this time, but could still grind it out over this marathon trip, with just The Grand Visir looking to have the class and stamina to mount a challenge, but Lil will be oh so tough to pass.
Moll Davis, (1645 Goodwood), 7/1: Hamilton form is rarely represented at Goodwood as not many horses reach such geographical extremes, but it is worth taking Moll Davis’s Hamilton form into account. She won there having looked by far the best and travelling supremely well. That style should suit here, and the 5lb rise ought to have been a whole lot more but for the margin of victory being obscured by meeting plenty of trouble in running.
Barra, (1920 Galway), 14/1: The feature Galway Plate looks bigger on numbers than quality. Black Corton and Bryony Frost look tempting but not sure to appreciate the undulations, whilst Pylonthepressure and Movewiththetimes were clearly fancied enough to warrant withdrawing other horses to get them off the subs bench. But we like Barra for last year’s winning trainer-owner-jockey combo. This mare ran a superb 3rd in a top notch Coral Cup off this rating over hurdles, and finally looked set to flourish over fences stepped up to a longer trip until falling at the last when clear in Ireland’s Midlands National. Up 4lbs is very manageable, and whilst she can be inconsistent, mares are renowned for hitting form in streaks and she looks very dangerous at these weights and wouldn’t look wrong at half the odds.
Eight And Bob, (2030 Galway), 3/1: won a couple of hurdles for Willie in the Winter, and has looked improved in two flat runs this Summer. Whilst he is up 13lbs for those runs, they were at 12f and this trip has always looked likely to unlock more. On hurdles form it should be close at these weights with Conron, but Willie’s horse looks the one most likely to find additional improvement now stepping up in distance.
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