The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Lady Of Aran, (1500 Newmarket), 1pt win, 9/2:
It has been worth the patience waiting for this filly to find her form having missed her entire 3yo season. She started showing signs of good form in the mid summer and was just pipped over 7f before a truly luckless effort at Ascot. She delivered on that promise at Pontefract last time when surging late on to sweep past the in form Gale Force Maya. She reopposes Maya here and even under her penalty she is just 2lbs worse off, and 2lbs better than her future rating. There could be more to come and she should enjoy this uphill finish.
Arthur’s Court, (1425 Newmarket), 14/1: a stoutly bred son of Camelot who provided immediate dividends on the step up in trip to a mile and a handicap debut when stayin on to win a 4 runner Windsor nursery. The 2nd and 4th there have won since and Arthur would be a warmer fancy for this in the market but for flopping om the all weather at Newcastle last time. That Camelot breeding is turf focussed, so we are happy to forgive and wind the clock back to tha Windsor effort which should have him half these odds.
Expensive Dirham, (1450 Pontefract), 9/4: a decent nursery for the track, but Mark Johnston looks positioned to take it with nursery debutante Expensive Dirham. She has run well in better races and looks just the type to dominate from the front in this company. Jockey Franny Norton must have ridden a thousand laps of Ponty and this can be a victory lap for the popular veteran.
Gin In The Inn, (1525 Pontefract), 11/1: likes the track with career course form of 37151261 the last of which was winning this race last year off a mark of 81. Lost his way since but has dropped all the way to 76 and showed signs last time when 3rd at Catterick. The return to this track should suit, and the very wide draw, usually a big problem here, is often less so when the ground has some cut.
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