The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Swindler, (1350 Newmarket), 1pt win, 3/1:
This lightly raced sprinter was a really progressive handicapper as a 3yo, with just 3 runs yielding wins off 82 and then 90 at Ascot where this revised mark of 96 looked well within reach as he won very cosily after a less than ideal run. His only defeat came on this course but not much went right that day and he should put the record straight here. Pretty much the only one of these with scope for significant further improvement and may need a win here to get into the valuable Wokingham at Royal Ascot in two weeks time, which must be a target given his wins there last year.
Edinburgh Castle, (1610 Newmarket), 3/1: a host of 4yos looks likely to dominate this with market leaders Look Closely and Edinburgh Castle looking the least exposed. They have similar profiles, but Edinburgh Castle gets in on an 8lb lower mark and his stable have already shown they are in prime form after the restart. The horse looks sure to improve for more experience and the step up in trip, he won on reappearance last year, and he looks the better value.
Intisaab, (1755 Newmarket), 15/2: nothing unexposed about this veteran, but then this race is stacked with exposed types, with Deep Intrigue possibly the only potential improver. Intisaab has slipped to a mark of 88 after a poor all weather campaign, but he was running pretty well in good handicaps on fast ground this time last year off marks in the low 100s. He may have benefited from a refresh, and has the excellent James Doyle as an eye catching jockey booking. This course should suit well, and he has a fighting chance.
Wentworth Falls, (1830 Newmarket), 6/1: if Intisaab has been frustrating, this fellow veteran has his supporters in tears after a losing run of 19 races in which his habitual unlucky runs and fast finishes keep his backers strung along for more of the same. This though looks a great opportunity and he runs particularly sweetly for jockey Sam James – taking out an ill-advised visor experiment, they have come 3535 in big field handicaps including the last two valuable Portland handicaps. A mark of 90 gives a few pounds of concession from the raters, and its is worthy trusting the combination to finally hit the front.
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