Two wins (nap included) and two thirds yesterday. After the abandonment of Sandown we have a Saturday racing that looks more like a Monday…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Urban Icon, (1445 Wolves), 1pt win, 9/4:
A high quality race for the track and we expect a lot of Richard Hannon’s 4yo. Sailed high in the 2000 Guineas, but it’s his two 7f runs, a narrow defeat at Epsom and 4th at Royal Ascot that set him apart in this company. Should reward a rare trip to the Meydan of the Midlands for top jockey Ryan Moore.
Lady McCabe (1535 Gowran), 11/2: ran a blinder on handicap debut at Fairyhouse when staying on from the rear for third, 2l behind today’s favourite Hell On Earth. Gets a 2lb pull, which helps, but she was quite a way back in a 21 runner race that day when an outsider, this smaller field and the knowledge she can be ridden as though on a winning mark should help generate a tactical advantage on top of that weight benefit.
Roxboro Road, (1355 Ayr), 11/4: an extremely frustrating sort for Ted Walsh in Ireland, with as many letters in his form as numbers. The switch to in form Ben Haslam is interesting and he could be well handicapped in a UK context here. Has more scope than old favourite of ours Clan Royal and favourite Drumconnor Lad who has hit a lifetime high mark aged 10.
The Con Man, (1505 Ayr), 5/2: looked a promising handicapper before venturing south on only his fifth hurdles start in a valuable Ascot handicap. Ran ok for fifth there and can get back to winning ways in the shallower waters back north.
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