Thursday Yankee: Orange makes appeal…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Orange Blossom, (1630 Ayr), 1pt win, 13/2:

Switched to the top yard of Richard Fahey this season and after a highly promising 4th at Doncaster on stable debut, she flew from the stalls at Epsom and her efforts to make all were only just thwarted by a well handicapped runner. This sprint track can favour early speed and she is expected to lead them a merry dance on the far side. Up just a 1lb for that very good Epsom run, she looks weighted to win under Barry McHugh.

Queen’s Sargent, (1400 Ayr), 6/1: was second in this race last year and returns on just a 1lb higher mark. Has been in good form in his last two runs at Thirsk, finishing a good second of 15 before winning a very well contested 14 runner event there last time in a race that is already working out well. Well drawn and arguably more certain to run to his mark than the less exposed 3yos at the head of the market.

Donnelly’s Rainbow, (1430 Ayr), 10/1: a real regular to this blog and still arguably ahead of the handicapper given that his last to first tactics, when successful, ensure small winning margins. Got badly hampered trying that trick at his beloved Musselburgh last time. He has won here too, and over this sharp track the 8f may be as suitable as his usual 7f trip. Should get a strong pace and hopefully can weave his way through to land a 3rd win of the summer.

Employer, (1500 Ayr), 11/1: Jim Goldie loves to train winners here at his local track. There is a packed program at this historic meeting and it is therefore very interesting that he should experiment with a radical drop in distance from 12f to 8f for this horse. He was a never nearer 7th of 8 trying this trip here in July and has since run some excellent races back up at 12f. Connections must feel that there is unfinished business at this trip, and there will at least be plenty of pace on here. If they really push on then he could be the one to pick up the pieces late on. An interesting punt.

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