Monday Yankee: Cilla thriller….

Two wins, a second and a third yesterday was close to something special, but thankfully yesterday’s nap, I’d Better Go Now (11/2 early, 7/2 SP), was one of the winners, giving us some ammunition for the week ahead…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:   Our Cilla, (1520 Ayr), 1pt each way, 40/1: 

Favourite Rightdownthemiddle is thrown in on old form and returning to Elliott’s yard.  But his form had been poor for another trainer and whilst it can be turned around, the soft ground is a concern.  Instead this could be a surprise and rank outsider Our Cilla is a mare that could pull off the shock.  She has done little over hurdles yet, but has winning form over staying trips in soft ground flat races.  She also ran a great race as a 100/1 shot on the flat last time.  Now given soft ground for the first time over hurdles since third in handicap debut, she could be significantly over-priced.

Eastern Racer, (1310 Galway), 11/2:  plenty fancied for this, but short priced favourite Njord has been duly penalised and the long absent Lightning Amber and Laethantha Saoire well need to be cherry ripe to strike in this ground. Trust Eastern Racer, a horse who wins in spurts of form and is in the midst of one now having forged home at Thurles before chasing a well handicapped winner last week at the Curragh to finish 2nd of 22.  Looks a good price here.

Damiens Dilemma,  (1445 Ayr), 4/1:  with stamina doubts about the favourite, this can be best left to the in form albeit exposed Damien’s Dilemma.  The race he won at Kelso last time looked better than this one, and he seemed to relish the soft ground and his pace-setting role.  Can defy the 5lb rise.

Polybius,  (1930 Kempton), 11/4:  Classy sprinter who last won at this time last year at this track.  Has generally been disappointing this season until a massive eye catcher back on the synthetics when a hugely unlucky 7th at Newcastle a few days ago.  Always needs a bit of luck when coming from off the pace, but trust Atzeni to judge that to perfection.

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