Joyful and agonising in equal measure as yesterday’s Yankee opened with three winners (14/1, 2/1, 11/4) only for nap pick Black Kalanisi to be caught out by a race run at a crawl and his fast finish came up a neck short. Any pace in the race, or an extra 10yds, would have made it the full house. Perhaps today…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Harlequin Rose, (1650 Brighton), 1pt win, 11/4:
We picked this in form mare when she won here last week. She was strong at the finish there and has probably never been in such good form. She’ll need it as she has never won off this kind of mark, but it is only 5lbs more than last time, and against a mainly disappointing field she should be able to squeeze out one more win at her favourite course.
Foxy Femme, (1345 Brighton), 5/2: some consistent sorts in this fillies handicap but none have the scope for progress of youngster Foxy Femme. She was raised 7lbs for her Leicester win, but showed she can compete when a never nearer third in a decent little race at Windsor. This track should suit and she has a winning chance on what she has done and may still be getting better.
Paddy’s Pursuit, (1445 Brighton), 10/1: not many improvers in this basement battle, but 3yo Paddy’s Pursuit looks interesting. He was rated 70 after three maiden runs but was awful in his first handicaps. Slipped to 57 when showing more at Epsom last time running on into 5th for this rider. Now a further pound lower and in a weaker race he could come with a sweeping late run to defy his odds.
Count Of Carabass, (1450 Listowel), 11/2: won this race two years ago and has been in good form of late including when staying on for second when we tipped him at Cork last week. Up 4lbs for that but he did beat 23 rivals there and this is a winnable mark. Will need to start better at this shorter trip and would certainly appreciate forecast rain to make conditions more testing.
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