Monday Yankee: Get flirty with Gertie…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Quirky Gertie, (1730 Windsor), 1pt win, 8/1:

There is a lot to like about the unexposed Gertie in this useful handicap. She broke her maiden with a smooth Lingfield success in soft ground before running a good second at Epsom. The winner that day has won since and was beaten a short head on Saturday off a 16lb higher mark. Gertie’s extra 2lbs looks lenient. She can handle soft if there’s rain and she travels well enough to suggest this drop back to 6f from 7f may work to her advantage. Ought to be much closer to being market leader.

Good Night Mr Tom, (1430 Catterick), 11/8: was a convincing all the way winner on nursery debut last time and a 7lb rise looks barely enough to dent that form. Appears well placed to repeat the dose here on a track that can favour a well judged front runner. Looks banker material which adds a much needed anchor to a Yankee that has plenty of ambition elsewhere.

Santafiora, (1500 Catterick), 11/1: a typical Catterick low-grade sprint handicap. The ground could be crucial here and this mare loves it soggy. Her last four runs in his class were 1153, and this is the first time she gets her ground in this basement grade. She looks a big price against exposed rivals.

Our Charlie Brown, (1630 Catterick), 7/1: once a course specialist here with three wins including on soft ground. Has been in decline for 18 months with his rating slipping alarmingly, but resurfaced when a good 4th returning to this track last time. Gets a 7lb pull for 2 lengths with today’s favourite Mac’s Blessing, and whilst old Charlie may not have that one’s scope, the turning of the ground to soft is a big advantage. May be ready to land one for old time’s sake.

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