The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Shelir, (1425 Ascot), 2pts win, 4/1:
He has been acquired from France, a regular and successful route for the shrewd O’Meara yard. Has hinted a few times that he could be a winner in waiting, and was again running on form the rear in impressive fashion when 8th in a good 7f event here last time. This mile looks the right trip, he’s in a race that could take less winning than some he has contested, and with Danny Tudhope riding he looks ready to open his UK account.
Chil Chil, (1350 Ascot), 5/1: with due respect to the favourites we think this rests between hardy gelding Dazzling Dan and lightly raced filly Chil Chil. Dan looks ready to hit top form and is very tempting, but we were on Chil Chil on her Bath return and won’t desert her here. She was soundly beaten into second then by a potentially very well handicapped winner, but she should come on for that run, and looks set to pick up the thread from the end of last year when she looked very much a sprinting filly to watch. No better man than Oisin in the saddle.
Omnivega, (1535 Ascot), 9/2: this is a very tasty little race with plenty of improving types. The form of Omnivega’s win at Kempton last time has been boosted by the runner up winning a good race at Goodwood last week. Omnivega overcame trouble there like a rapidly improving sort. That’s three wins on the bounce this year, which could be a result of improvement for being gelded, or a function of a love of the all-weather. He tries turf here, so we will find out, but at these odds it is worth risking as he looks very progressive.
Arbalet, (1550 Haydock), 6/1: has been hovering on this mark for his new yard this season and we have gone in twice only to come 2nd and 4th. It looks worth chancing him one more time as this looks a slightly easier task. His 4th at York was a fair effort as the race developed away from him, whilst he lost all chance in a better race at Ascot last time when hampered in his late run. This is a slight smaller field, on a course that should suit, and whilst he doesn’t have a ton in hand, that is true of his rivals also, and any rub of the green can see him finally triumph.
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