Friday Yankee: Pen friend?

A great win for yesterday’s nap, Graceful Magic (5/1), albeit in a blanket finish. We’re heading far and wide on Friday…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Penwortham, (1530 Chester), 1pt win 11/1:

Mercurial sort, always worth backing at his favourite track, not least when widely drawn as today. The market tends to rule out the wide draws at this track, but weaving through from last to first is this fella’s key running style. Always a hostage to fortune, but always a backable price. He won for us here at 16/1 earlier in the year and a 4lb higher mark is still workable.

Formal Order, (1540 Listowel), 11/2: he has run well in a number of maiden races and now gets a first handicap outing off an initial mark of 73. That looks like it could be massively generous. Trainer Johnny Murtagh is in fine form and that looks likely to continue here.

Alligator Alley, (1545 Doncaster), 7/4: Irish sprinting juvenile may have more to offer than he has been able to show. He was badly hampered at Goodwood before finishing well for second. Then he won for us at York despite losing a huge amount of ground at the start. That suggests he has plenty in hand , and he may be more likely to be at his best than favourite A’Ali whose performance in the best 2yo race in Europe last time was below his best even allowing for the rarified class of opponents.

Pinnata, (1555 Sandown), 13/2: came back to form with a cosy win last time, the second there winning a good race at Doncaster this week suggests the form is decent. He is 3lbs higher but gets the magic 7lb claim of Marco Ghiani. Lots of unexposed 3yos in opposition which helps to make the market, they all have something to prove and we’ll trust Pinnata to put them in their place.

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