The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Clon Coulis, (1640 Ascot), 2pts win, 9/1:
There has been a massive gamble on Irish raider Amedeo Modigliani, which has to be guesswork in his first handicap. A weight rise and heavy ground might anchor Lord North, whilst Kynren should again go well albeit up further in the weights. We prefer Clon Coulis, a mare with a come from behind style whose only two runs on soft have been amongst her best. She came home like lightning but just too late when beaten in a close finish to the Hunt Cup here at the Royal meeting, and although not at her best since, she has the man for the job in Spencer on board and has her ground conditions here.
The Tin Man, (1335 Ascot), 12/1: market leaders have something to prove here, Advertise (going), One Master (distance), Make A Challenge (class), making Hello Youmzain a fair choice. But he had only half a length to spare over an unlucky The Tin Man at Haydock. So The Tin Man gets the pick back at a track he loves under conditions he thrives in. Expect fellow mudlark Librisa Breeze to offer each way value especially where extra places are offered.
Lord Glitters, (1520 Ascot), 15/2: another Ascot loving veteran who handles the underfoot slop very well. Sprang a surprise when winning at Group 1 level here at the Royal meeting, but he is capable of that kind of effort and is more certain to deal with conditions that many of these. French raider The Revenant won well in heavy at Longchamp last time but this looks much tougher.
Deirdre, (1600 Ascot), 7/1: Magical is the horse to beat here but she has to bounce back from a tough trip in the Arc. Prior to that she won the Irish Champion easily enough, but that might have been closer but for Japanese mare Deirdre having an awful run. She needs to be ridden for a turn of foot, but with the switch of this race to the better ground and tighter turns of the jumps course it could play to her strengths.
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