The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Enemy, (1535 Newmarket), 2pts win, 6/1:
A cracking race featuring three horses who ran well in defeat at Ascot. We were on Kipps when he was just pipped and now blinkers are an interesting addition, but he is sneaking up the weights without winning. Global Storm could go well if it gets testing, but Enemy has to be the one after a good 4th in the Britannia. That was just his third run and the mile was always likely to be too sharp. He is bred for this trip and with the experience behind him can expect to improve significantly, and this rating of 89 is likely to be in the distant rear view mirror soon enough.
Presidential, (1350 Newmarket), 13/2: features in this blog probably more than any other horse although disastrously not when winning on seasonal debut recently. Handles this track well, handles soft ground well, and his close 6th at Royal Ascot suggests he can win again now his sights have been lowered a fraction.
Highly Prized, (1405 Market Rasen), 11/2: the Summer jumping prize day at Market Rasen gives us the chance to slip in a couple of jumpers (not a bad strategy for the current Dublin summer). Highly Prized looks to have a huge chance in the big hurdle, having been super-impressive on handicap debut at Huntingdon, and then ran well for a long way until hampered in the valuable Betfair hurdle. This is a lesser test, and with trainer Lavelle scoring with 4 of 7 runners since the restart, we can be confident he will be well primed.
Lough Derg Spirit, (1440 Market Rasen), 11/2: transfers between Henderson and Nicholls are as rare as Liverpool to Man Utd, but this fella makes the trip from Lambourn to Ditcheat. He hasn’t seen a course in over a year, but he has been 6th at a Cheltenham Festival in the past and is probably better than this rating. Nicholls is very likely to have him primed in a first time tongue tie and after a wind op.
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