The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Kynren, (1500 York), 2pts win, 5/1:
Top handicaps such as this one have increasingly become the domain of experienced and mostly exposed handicappers. As such it is ever harder to find any horses likely to be too far ahead of the ratings and that is definitely the case here. Instead it’s a case of working out is most likely to run to their rating and last year’s 2nd and 3rd, Kynren and Firmament stand out. Firmament is 3lbs better off for the half length that separated them last year and is in just as good form as he was then, However, Kynren’s form in the Lincoln, the Victoria Cup and the Hunt Cup this season has shown a step up on last year and with an excellent draw he looks ready to break his big race duck having come so close on so many occasions. Jockey Tudhope’s decision to ride Baltic Baron over Firmament marks him as a danger, but box 17 looks problematic.
Show Me Show Me, (1425 York), 9/2: comes here as the joint highest rated in the field after adjusting for penalties. His trainer does well in these races, and on yesterday’s evidence his low draw in this big field is likely to be advantageous. Has yet to win at this 6f trip but was finishing his race well over 5f at Goodwood last time, and this is a much quicker track than Pontefract where he didn’t quite last home on his previous 6f effort. Everything looks primed for a big run chasing this big prize.
Frosty, (1615 York), 5/1: This is a quirky race for middle distance fillies made quirkier by the soft looking form of the major fillies races this year. Taking out perhaps Anapurna, Fleeting and Star Catcher, those that have been chasing those fillies have rarely done much to flatter the form. That includes the inconsistent Frankellina, and suggest Irish Oaks fourth Search For A Song may be a little short here given the falsely run race at the Curragh. That leaves room for a handicapper like Vivionn, or our preference an unexposed type like Frosty to step forward. Frosty is a typically beautifully bred Galileo filly, who although out of a Wokingham winner looked likely to improve for this longer trip when a deeply eye catching fourth on belated seasonal debut at Gowran recently, and she makes the trip for a yard that raided the top prize yesterday.
Mubtasimah, (1650 York), 4/1: hard to know what to make of her form after some low key wins and the a smooth victory in a 3 runner race at Newmarket last time. The handicapper had to be restrained in reaction and has opted for four extra pounds, but the way this lightly race filly crushed her two rivals then suggest there could be much more in the tanks than that. Trainer Haggas like to get a winner here, and she can have too much for main danger and fellow lightly raced 3yo Salayel.
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