Wednesday Yankee: Star bet?

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Star Of Valour, (1730 Hamilton), 1pt win, 4/1:

A nine times raced maiden, but two runs for this new stable have been a fair 3rd and then a desperately close second, beaten a nose here last week. This fractionally longer trip should be to his advantage, and a 5lb pull with winner that day Remmy D should be enough to ensure a form reversal. Retirement Beckons looks held on that form, and although horses at this level cannot be wholly trusted from one run to the next, any consistency surely would result in a Star Of Valour win.

Taurean Dancer, (1500 Bath), 3/1: has slowly dropped back to this lifetime low rating of 60, the last time he hit that number he was runner up then winner. This time he again showed 60 is his competitive level when a hampered 3rd here over a shorter trip last week. That may be decent form and we get the chance to back it twice in one afternoon as we shall see. Hopefully Taurean Dancer can boost the form back at this suitable trip and off this mark.

Khaan, (1600 Bath), 10/3: had dropped to this mark of 50 and was stepped up in trip here last week when seeming to be ready to deliver a winning challenge when short of room at a crucial stage. He can prove that all wrong in a rematch with the first and second (the third being Taurean Dancer), and we always like to see a jockey, in this case Martin Dwyer, entrusted with doing the job right having been responsible for last time’s disastrous run.

Lady Calcaria, (1900 Hamilton), 7/2: favourite Betsey Trotter is in prime form but all her wins have come with firm in the title somewhere so there has to be a question over this heavy ground. Not so Lady Calcaria who won well on heavy earlier this year and has kept her form on quicker ground since. Was well beaten in second at York last time but the winner followed up with a similar romp at the big York meeting so the form may be better than it looked at first.

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