Thursday Yankee: High Five?

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Kimifive, (1345 Haydock), 1pt win, 11/2:

A cracking sprint at Haydock for a Thursday afternoon. Favourite Motagally looks an awkward sort, and two old favourites of ours are reluctantly passed over. Aljady won well here on seasonal debut but is often best fresh, whilst Celcius is a horse we love over a strong run 5f, but this 6f is a bit unknown. We think there could be value in the useful Kimifive making a rare step back from 7f. He met all the trouble at Newmarket on comeback, and has missed several high profile engagements at 7f only to take up the entry here. Was good enough for a fair 10th in his last 6f race in the Stewards Cup. That alone is enough to contest here off the same mark, but that recent comeback hinted that he may be in great form and he can go one better than when beaten a nose in his only previous Haydock foray.

Solo Saxophone, (1245 Haydock), 2/1: known more as a 3m handicap hurdler, he showed unexpected flat prowess to draw clear of his rivals for a 4l win over 12f at Thirsk last week. His penalty for that leaves him 4lbs well-in compared to future ratings, and if anything this extra distance should help given his liking for a true stamina test over hurdles.

Dreamweaver, (1720 Haydock), 2/1: another clash of old favourites, but we will wait for some rain before trusting Billy No Mates, and this may be the ideal time to catch Ed Walker’s Dreamweaver. Never better than when sprinting away with a handicap at this course last Summer, he had a quiet return at Kempton recently. The booking of champ Oisin Murphy may suggest that he is ready to progress from that pipe-opener, and the stable looks about ready for a winning spree.

Theheartneverlies, (2055 Leicester), 6/4: this filly showed nothing in three quick runs over sprint trips as a 2yo, but as the whole world knows, that is the modus operandi of training legend Sir Mark Prescott, who then steps them up massively in trip as 3yos and wins a quick sequence of races before the handicapper can reassess. He tries that here with a horse bred to want this trip, and with potential entries over the weekend and early next week, her trainer clearly has set the scene for his trademark win-blitz.

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