Monday Yankee: Blue Monday?

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NAP OF THE DAY: Blue De Vega, (1505 Epsom), 1pt win, 9/4:

A sprinter who doesn’t have the best of winning records, that said he won a good sprint at Chelmsford last week, and runs off a net 3lbs lower mark when taking into account the gift that is Cieren Fallon’s 5lb claim. Has a useful high draw and his third in the Dash here in June off a 2lb higher mark is the best form in the field, his previous course form being a 4th in the Dash in 2018 and 5th in this race on unsuitable soft ground. Looks to have an excellent chance.

Declamation, (1425 Southwell), 8/1: there hasn’t been much AW racing on the Southwell Fibresand of late and when there is a meeting it is always worth checking out who may have been laid out for a gamble, and this fella fits the bill. Twice an easy winner here in the early weeks of 2018, he shot up to an unmanageable mark as a result and has been slow to come down. He was a long time off before an encouraging reappearance recently at unsuitable Kempton. Now he turns up back at his favourite patch, with the benefit of a run, in a winnable race, and off a fair mark. Money always talks from this yard, and he could be the gamble of the day.

Sonja Henie, (1430 Epsom), 2/1: ran away with a Wolverhampton handicap over 7f before being edged out under a penalty at Windsor over this trip with the front two pulling a long way clear. The quirks of handicapping has her a pound lower here and with excellent apprentice Greatrex continuing to take off a useful 5lbs she can make all at a track that can favour those tactics.

Ibraz, (1630 Ripon), 2/1: won twice last Summer and has been campaigned in decent events this year. His second last time at Newmarket was a good effort, nicely ahead of the previously unbeaten 3rd Nahaarr, whilst running the in form Qaysar to a neck. That horse ran a great 6th under a penalty in the top class mile handicap at York last week, so if Ibraz can carry that form into this lower grade race then he really should be able to land the prize under veteran Jim Crowley.

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