Well it will take some time to erase the memory of jockey Jamie Spencer swinging on the bridle on our 25/1 Ebor Nap Raymond Tusk up most of the length of York’s straight waiting for a gap that took an eternity to arrive. HIs flashing finish was all too late, good enough to land the each way money and balance the York books, but oh what might have been granted some running room a fraction sooner….
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Harrovian, (1500 Goodwood), 1pt win, 5/2:
Trainer John Gosden showed again the power of his handicappers with Forest Of Dean’s York cruise. In Harrovian he has an interesting 3yo who was just outpaced when second in his two 10f maidens having debuted as recently as May. He duly won his maiden with ease before stepping up to 11f here on handicap debut at the Glorious Goodwood festival. That third came in a cracking race, the form of which is stacking up well. That form alone should be enough despite a 2lb rise, but the fitting of a first time visor (a rarity for Gosden) and the step back to 10f betray the careful thought that has gone into this return to the track and that can go rewarded here.
Luna Magic, (1535 Goodwood), 7/4: in form mare has had all four runs for new yard under woman amateur jockey’s, two second and two wins, the wins being the two rides by today’s pilot Brodie Hampson. A proven partnership is invaluable in these types of races, and an in form mare is hard for the handicapper to pin down, should go in again.
Suedois, (1610 Goodwood), 9/2: it’s always dangerous taking on Limato over 7f on good ground, but although he has looked near his best, it’s worth noting his 4th when favourite here in August 2017 is his only course run and was arguably a fraction below par. In contrast Suedois’ best runs have pretty much all been here including an unlucky third here two weeks ago. On official ratings Limato is 4lbs ahead and carries a 3lb penalty, so with just a pound in it on adjusted ratings, course preference especially on an idiosyncratic track like this, can sway the outcome.
Mister Trader, (1720 Goodwood), 11/4: has barely beaten a horse home since his early runs as a 2yo. A plummeting handicap mark, and off the track since last December you’d think he’d be a no-hoper. Yet he travels all the way from Ireland to make this comeback, champion elect Oisin Murphy has been booked, and he is the early favourite in the market. That’s enough not-so-subtle clues that he must be showing something extraordinary at home, and we’d be foolish to ignore.
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