Wednesday Yankee: More Murphy magic?

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Gnaad, (1350 Sandown), 1pt win, 3/1:

He disappointed us a little when only 7th in a big field at Ascot last time, but this is a step back in grade and a return to a course where his form is 112, the second coming two runs ago when just failing to come from last to first. Has the help of champion elect Oisin Murphy for the first time since the horse’s debut 28 runs ago. Gnaad doesn’t need to find much improvement to win this, and the Murphy magic may be all he needs.

Just The Man, (1635 Sandown), 5/2: has winning form at Newbury and then a good second here by which he holds a few of today’s rivals. He didn’t get the best of runs that last day but still stayed on well to be clear of a field of decent rivals, one of whom has won again since, whilst the winner that day has run very well here again since. Everything looks in place for a return to the winners’ enclosure.

Delicate Kiss, (1705 Sandown), 3/1: lifetime form here reads 3222 and she has certainly been knocking on the door. Tries a step up in trip which has looked likely to suit on the evidence of her staying on running style. Typically you would expect her to be vulnerable to the young improvers, but none of them make much appeal here, and she could just grind out the win that she deserves.

Your Thoughts, (1735 Sandown), 12/1: with doubts around the favourites on turf, trip and ratings, there is room here for a surprise. Trainer Paul Webber is better known for his jumps horses, within which arena he has always had his best successes with the mares. He has a rare flat runner in the filly Your Thoughts, and she is interesting. After three quiet maiden runs earned her an opening handicap mark of 58, she was never put in the race when ridden off the back on handicap debut at Windsor. But she passed a few late on and gave the impression of better to come. She is down 2lbs for that, bred to stay this trip well, and some small money for her only augurs well.

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