The last few weeks have been packed with highs and lows, and yesterday’s yankee was the perfect microcosm. Even allowing for a non-runner, the wins of nap of the day Strong Johnson (9/2 early, 5/2SP) and the front-running Overwrite (5/1 early, 11/5 SP) had set up a grand finale for last leg De Name Escapes Me (10/1 early, 13/2 SP), and it looked in the bag as he cruised to the front 2 out only to be overhauled late on by another old blog favourite Dalton Highway. Ouch, another monster return denied in excruciating and narrow fashion, but a winning nap and a good yankee return nonetheless underline an excellent June. Let’s finish it in style….
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NAP OF THE DAY: Chichester, (1650 Windsor), 1pt win, 9/4:
Was having only his second run when a desperately unlucky Lingfield loser, taking an eternity to find his stride around a tight track only to finish like a train for a narrow defeat. Looks capable of significant improvement and a debut handicap mark of 79 looks an absolute gift. This more conventional track should suit, and whilst there are some talented looking rivals, it would be deeply disappointing if Chichester doesn’t immediately start showing how much the handicapper has under-estimated him.
Bayar, (1450 Windsor), 6/1: tempting to take the 6/4 for Broughtons Gold who won well for us at Newbury last time, but that looks a short price with a 7lb hike and quicker ground. It may be worth risking the lightly raced Bayar, who has a turf debut here but is bred to love this fast ground. His stable is in flying form and this track should suit a whole lot more than the tight turns of Lingfield last time.
Risk Taker, (1620 Windsor), 11/2: another from the in form Clive Cox yard, and can hopefully complete a double after a win for Bayar. Ran pretty well on reappearance when a close 6th in a decent little race at Doncaster. Plenty of dangers here with unexposed rivals, but this gelding has loads of scope and with the benefit of that run behind him looks sure to improve and go close.
Proud Archi, (2000 Thirsk), 7/2: ran over this course and distance just last week when an excellent second and gets to go again off the same mark before he is reassessed. That was a good race for the grade and this looks a lot easier. He is well drawn for a horse who likes to race prominently, and last week’s racing again showed how that tactic can be crucial here on quick ground.
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