Saturday Yankee: Plan to collect…

After another big 20/1 win yesterday, it’s a tricky day of heavy ground slogs at Ascot and Haydock that takes centre billing…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Bold Plan, (1425 Ascot), 1pt win, 7/2: 

This valuable hurdle has a field riddled with doubts.  Bold Plan comes here off the back of an impressive Haydock win and the issue for him is simply whether he can defy the 10lbs rating hike. We’d rather trust him to pull that off than back the many contenders stepping back from chasing or unproven French import Pic D’Orhy.

Definitely Red, (1440 Haydock), 13/2:  a veteran who recently was on the fringes of Gold Cup class.  Has seen his rating slip 11lbs from his peak and ran a pretty good race for 4th in the Becher chase last time.  Has lifetime form figures on heavy ground of 112211, and could still be that class apart from these honest handicappers.

Allyson Monterg, (1500 Ascot), 15/2:  we have won on favourite Espoir De Guye this season and he is sure to go well gain albeit off a significantly higher weight.  The value may be mudlark Allyson Monterg.  He is a veteran but very lightly raced with injury.  Once good enough for 6th in the Albert Bartlett, he has run well first time from a break before.  He likes to dominate and looks the only likely front runner here.  If he finds an early rhythm he could be very dangerous.

Un De Sceaux, (1535 Ascot), 11/8:   A virtual match. We are huge fans of odds on favourite Defi Du Seuil, but despite his 2m successes this term, we still feel 2m5f on decent ground plays best to his strengths.  He did beat Un De Sceaux at Sandown, and probably a little more easily than the neck margin, but conditions here are the Irish challenger’s ideal and we don’t think the same for Defi.  UDS loves to front run, didn’t at Sandown, but should have no such issues here.  He has run big races here in the past and adores the mud.  He should be the odds-on shot.

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