2000 Guineas NAP: Royal Dornoch, 1pt each way, 40/1:
OK, so obviously 2yo star Pinatubo is the odds on favourite and likely winner of this first Classic. That said he is short enough in price and stature and there is scope for others to improve. We love Kinross, and whilst we’ll have a little on him, his stable form hasn’t yet convinced. If we like him we have to like Kameko the second favourite who beat Kinross easily at Newcastle. But then we also have to like Royal Dornoch who himself beat Kameko over this course last year. Aidan O’Brien has a habit of winning these races with the less than obvious one in his ranks, and this guy could benefit from a prominent race position. Worth a dabble at the odds, but we’ll keep him out of our Daily Yankee.
The Daily Yankee
Stone Of Destiny, (1315 Newmarket), 5/1: A competitive looking 5f dash to start the card but one where it may be worth following a stable in form. The Balding yard have started fast and in Stone Of Destiny they have a useful sprinter who is back on his winning mark of last Summer. Should enjoy this ground and will be covered up by de Sousa for a late run which could be ideal in what looks likely to be a blistering early gallop.
Moss Gill, (1350 Newmarket), 5/1: Ornate could go well here at a big price after a wind op, but his flying early speed is more likely to set this up for a smooth traveller to sail by late on. None fits the bill as well as the rapidly improving Moss Gill. He finished last season in great form and managed a prep run for this immediately prior to lock down when looking better than ever. James Doyle in the saddle is a plus.
Daarik, (1405 Newcastle), 5/2: the powerhouse yard of John Gosden has already rattled up a fair few winners this week, and this lightly raced 4yo looks set to be another. Won on reappearance last year, and was a fair second before a setback has kept him off the track. Could be anything, and it looks significant that a stable bursting at the seams with high class talent should have kept him on despite his issues. Can start repaying that faith here.
Nate The Great, (1755 Newmarket), 5/1: an interesting runner here. He was pretty classy as a 2yo for trainer Archie Watson, and was campaigned in decent company as a 3yo where his form gradually tailed off. Now gets into a handicap off a mark of 95, refreshed from a break, and switched to the yard of Andrew Balding who is firing all all cylinders at the moment.
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