Saturday Yankee: Comedy value…

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NAP OF THE DAY: King Of Comedy, (1535 Newbury), 1pt win, 9/4:

Master trainer John Gosden has his team in flying form ahead of the Royal Ascot meeting he so carefully targets. With that in mind, it is of especial interest when he runs an Ascot-worthy contender away from the big meeting. King Of Comedy was a progressive 3yo last season, including finishing ahead of today’s main rival Zaaki, before a mulish display in the mud on his final run. Reported to be fresh and firing by his trainer, this Group 3 looks perfect placing, unpenalised, to kick start a climb back to Group 1 level.

Employer, (1315 Newbury), 5/1: often hinted that he could be capable of more when trained in Scotland by Jim Goldie. Relief from the handicapper in the form of a 5lb drop to a lifetime low of 70 has coincided with a switch to the yard of Dr Richard Newland. He is known mainly as a jumps trainer – but particularly as an expert in revitalising horses transferred to his care. Any such impact on this fella will make him hard to beat of this mark, and the eye catching booking of Atzeni in the saddle suggests plenty is expected.

Edraak, (1415 Doncaster), 9/4: we will kick ourselves if blog favourite Presidential goes in here on a track he loves, but we have to back Edraak. The value of his recent Newcastle win is hard to assess and the handicapper has had a guess at 83. That could be a long way out as he showed a lethal turn of foot there. Has to convert that to turf, but in an exposed field he is the one who could have 10lbs in hand.

Theatro, (1650 Sandown), 4/1: this filly progressed well as a 3yo when meeting staying trips. She reappeared just 3 days ago when finishing well from off the pace only for the line to come too soon in a three way photo at Pomtefract. If she turns out quickly then trainer O’Keefe must be happy with her, and off the same mark, with an extra 2f and some rain around, she looks like she can regain the winning thread.

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