Friday Yankee: Gin can be Haydock tonic…

We were on the wrong end of a draw bias at Newmarket yesterday, and will mostly avoid that venue today but stand ready to exploit that bias in Saturday’s big handicap….in the meantime…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Ginistrelli, (1635 Haydock), 1pt win, 8/1:

Runaway front-runner Goshen has destroyed the field in two runs and has to be feared, but there could be plenty of pace on here and it may pay to bide your time. that run style suits Ginistrelli who is only a few pounds up for a last gasp from behind win over course and distance las time. The strapping son of Frankel got up late on in that soft ground affair, and can confirm the form with this race likely to be run to suit.

Clon Coulis, (1350 Newmarket), 10/1: a risky proposition as she hasn’t shown her best since a narrow runner up in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot coming from last under a typical Spencer waiting ride. That said she wasn’t too bad at York last time and this straight track and stiff finish is the best comparitor to Ascot she has faced since. This isn’t the strongest race for the grade and on official figures she is entitled to get closer than the odds suggest.

Casting Spells, (1415 Haydock), 5/1: was an expensive purchase and then late to the track, showing very little in her first two runs. But last time she ran on well in a maiden here on soft ground and this opening mark of 70 is potentially a gift. Bred to handle this deep going, the stable is in great form, and she has the most potential to leave this mark way behind.

Barossa Red, (1710 Haydock, 9/4: Trainer Andrew Balding has been in good form all year and this 3yo has improved when encountering soft ground, winning here off 76, before coming 2nd of 17 here off 82. He loves these conditions, and although up further to 84, we know he will handle the bog and that in itself makes him the leading contender.

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