Friday Yankee: Youm to manoeuvre…

A cracking win on the bob for yesterday’s nap, Dark Lady at a juicy 8/1. With a win for Starcaster (4/1), there was a fair return in the Yankee too. Ammunition for the weekend…

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NAP OF THE DAY: Alemaratalyoum, (1600 Haydock), 1pt win, 9/4:

Of his six career turf wins, four have come on soft ground, and three have come on his only three trips to Haydock. Seemed to have lost his form badly this year and has slipped to a mark lower than his last course win here, but a soft surface at Chester last time saw a huge return to form. He was just overhauled by course specialist Oh This Is Us that day, but doesn’t face a rival like that here, and back on his favourite stomping ground he is a rock solid favourite.

Total Commitment, (1640 Ascot), 11/4: obviously a big field for this sprint but Roger Charlton’s youngster is the one with scope to be head and shoulders ahead of the rest. A late return at Newmarket recently for his seasonal debut saw him friendless in the market but a cosy winner. There must be plenty more to come, and with Ryan Moore in the plate it would be a shock if he couldn’t follow up off just a 2lb higher mark.

Donnelly’s Rainbow, (1800 Musselburgh), 12/1: a blog regular who is useful enough under ideal conditions and gets them here on a decent surface at his favourite track. Is significantly raised in class but should get the strong pace he loves, and his running style from the rear could adapt well to this higher grade. Ran poorly last time but that was a stiff mile at Carlisle, this much more his cup of tea and he looks overpriced.

Jeffrey Harris, (1830 Musselburgh), 6/1: getting well handicapped albeit partly by falling asleep in the stalls. Worth taking a chance he gets away a bit better as it was a disaster here last time and yet he still looked like he could feature until running into trouble. Has the prime draw here, and although likely to need some luck, he is far too big a price.

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