The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Shifting Gold, (1655 Epsom), 1pt win, 5/1:
Favourite The Lords Walk won here over 8.5f, but faded when looking certain to win at this trip here next time. He’s 3lbs higher again and surely vulnerable. Isle Of Wolves has form here too but has also crept up despite his runner up effort last time being a sound beating. Shifting Gold looks great value to beat them both. William Knight’s 3yo filly has improved with racing, getting up late in the day over 8.5f at Nottingham off 57, and then running a cracker at Lingfield, a track that correlates well with Epsom, when she lost out to a subsequent winner, with a well-backed previous winner well held in third. that looks good form and she should be closer to favourite here under the excellent Atzeni and off a tasty looking 61.
Maksab, (1620 Epsom), 6/1: Mick Channon’s 4yo won twice at Newmarket in his early days and has been cursed by repeat visits to a track that doesn’t give up easy wins. He won again though at Lingfield in the spring, and has been consistent in recent defeats with his mark slipping back generously to a handy 81. That includes finishing several lengths ahead of today’s favourite Swift Approval at Newmarket in late July, but that one’s subsequent win means they meet with Maksab 6lbs better off, 11lbs if you include the useful claim of Scott McCullagh. The favourite may run better here but he needs to find a stone on that running, and Maksab looks value to fend him off.
Our Charlie Brown, (1800 Musselburgh), 9/4: won for us last week at Catterick, a course he loves, on soft ground, by an easy three lengths. Gets to run here under a 5lb penalty, so does the fast ground round this track undermine the repeat bid? Well it shouldn’t as he has won here under those exact conditions. Indeed, he may have won 4 from 11 at Catterick, but he has also won 2 from 8 here (his only other wins), so the track suits, he goes on any ground, and his useful apprentice claims 5lbs to negate the penalty.
Jack Randall. (1930 Musselburgh), 9/4: this lightly raced 3yo has been tried at 6,7,8 and 9f in his four handicaps, and on soft, good and good-to-firm, and on stiff tracks and quick tracks. It may be just that the stable is hitting good form, but his last run – 7f on Good to Firm on a fast track at Haydock was by far his best with an assertive victory. He gets those same conditions here and looks well berthed in stall 6 to track market rival Muhallab who is likely to front run from stall 5. He should set it up for Jack to get a repeat win.
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