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NAP OF THE DAY: Arecibo, (1345 York), 1pt win 8/1: 

The equine Pot Noodle – always disappoints and yet we get tempted back in time and time and time again.  We vowed to finally leave this guy alone after a moderate effort at Haydock last time, but he is so much better off here with horses he has finished close up with, including hot favourite Jawwaal, that he just demands to be given one last final, never-again chance off a 4lb lower mark than when 3rd in this last year.  Is drawn near plenty of pace and just maybe this is finally the day.

Darain, (1445 York), 4/1:  hot favourite Mogul is the form horse having beaten many of these at Goodwood but he is very beatable himself and there are two novices stepping up here with chances.  Roberto Escobar is a big improver but it’s the Gosden trained Darain that catches the eye most.  Beautifully bred, insanely expensive at the sales and an easy winner of two small races, he gets pitched in here in a race the stable has used for it’s St Leger contenders in the past.  He could be anything, and the bar isn’t too high here for such a promising type.

Ghaiyyath, (1515 York), 6/4:  four fabulous contenders here.  We like Lord North, we love Magical, and Kameko is entitled to be at his best at this trip.  That said Ghaiyyath has made all to win two Group 1s already this season.  This course suits pace-setters and only Magical has a history of prominent racing although she probably wouldn ‘t take him on.  Given free reign he is top class and likely to prove just too good for his top notch rivals.

Indianapolis, (1545 York), 14/1:  plenty of old favourites here but with blog regulars Solo Saxophone and True Destiny both looking handicapped to the hilt we’ll look elsewhere.  Favourite Make My Day has a big chance but at the odds it may be worth chancing Indianapolis.  He has reached his level at 1m4f, but he stayed on well when tried over further at Goodwood, and this 2m is an unknown that could unlock more improvement.  This course should suit and he’s a decent price.

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