The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Jonah Jones, (1550 Ascot), 2pts win, 15/2:
Nothing says lump on with a hefty bet quite like a field of 20 sprinters at Ascot over 5f. Jonah Jones really caught the eye on debut for his new yard at Haydock when getting very little luck. It looks significant that he has bypassed numerous possible engagements since to wait for this valuable prize off a handy mark of 90. Might have been a full 3pt nap but for the presence of the pace in the low draws, they may still tack across and give Jonah a lead, either way he is primed for a huge run.
Mohaather, (1515 Ascot), 9/4: on a recovery mission here after meeting all sorts of trouble here in the Group 1 Queen Anne at the Royal meeting. Was an eyecatching loser there and there is a risk that they don’t often offer value in subsequent races, but he looked so unfortunate there that he’d need to be the biggest kidder in racing if he doesn’t leave that form well behind.
Threat, (1535 Newmarket), 10/1: a cracking group 1 sprint and a clash of the generations. We like Golden Horde but not sure of the merit of his Ascot win and he is likely to have competition from the game Hello Youmzain, and wherever that one finishes Sceptical and Khaadem look sure to be close by. Tactics will probably sort that lot out, perhaps in Hello Youmzain’s favour, but if there is one to shake up the race it could be Threat. He was a useful sprinting 2yo and nay have had enough when beaten behind Golden Horde in his last run. His reappearance over a mile at Ascot was a high quality effort. He was a well beaten 5th, but he faded late on through lack of stamina, having been cruising along with the likes of Pinatubo, Wicita and Palace Pier after 6f there. This step back in trip has been pulled off before by 3yos in this race, and he is a really interesting contender given the style of that Ascot run.
Mutamaasik, (1610 Newmarket), 6/1: ran up a sequence of wins last year and made a great reappearance for the red-hot Roger Varian when third at Ascot. Gets a 5lb pull with winner Motakhayyel for that run, but crucially was marooned in centre track that day and arguably could have done more if he’d been where the action was. Nicely drawn in the middle this time and a great booking in Ryan Moore up. Can better his old rival and the improving Sir Busker in a great renewal of this historic old handicap.
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