Sunday Yankee: Quelle Surprise?…

After a Saturday that delivered plenty, but arguably could have delivered more, it’s Le Yankee Dimanche today as the action focusses on the big Arc day at Longchamp, and we think a few surprises may be in store…

Le Daily Yankee (each way advisable)

NAP OF THE DAY: Wasmya, (1705 Longchamp), 1pt win, 14/1:

Not too many at the head of the market impress given the ground conditions here, and there is a gap for a surprise winner. Wasmya is a hard filly to grasp having has just the 4 runs, but after a quiet debut she has strung three wins together, each gradually more impressive. She ran way with a German Listed race last time, the English trained runner-up running a blinder yesterday for 2nd at Ascot. Wasmya could just be the rapid improver here, she has a win on testing ground, and looks a big price in a low quality Group 1.

Waldgeist, (1505 Longchamp) – Betting Without Enable market, 11/1: The day’s big raced looks booked for hat-trick seeking heroine Enable. She is drawn fractionally wide and the ground is fairly deep, but she will be hard to beat and is priced accordingly. Waldgeist ran a fairly unlucky 5th in this last year and wasn’t far behind Enable at Ascot. He is trained by a genius and may just be value in the market without the favourite as leading 3yos Japan and Sottsass aren’t too intimidating.

Fleeting, (1555 Longchamp), 20/1: John Gosden looks sure to have a big day, and his Mehdaayih looks sure to love this boggy ground, but she seems pretty short in the market. Aidan O’Brien runs an interesting pair, and although Ryan Moore rides Oaks second Pink Dogwood, it’s the third form that race, Fleeting, who catches the eye. She has been globetrotting and seems to find bad luck wherever she goes. That said, he 2nd to Star Catcher at Ascot on her only go on soft ground is the equal of any form here, and she is overpriced.

So Perfect, (1630 Longchamp), 20/1: picking one to beat Battaash is fraught with risk given his dominance and the “Betting Without” market again makes appeal. But Battaash is a bit more hit and miss than Enable, and has a double figure draw which can be problematic here on softer ground. So Perfect has drawn the favoured no 1 box. She is held by Battaash and others here, but this race loves to spring a surprise and the change in going (she has been on good or fast most of the year), and the low draw might just give her a chance at mighty odds.

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