Yesterday’s Ebor pretty much encapsulated the last few weeks with our 2pt nap Verdana Blue travelling well and staying on well to get by far the closest of those held up – but only enough for third as the race was run at an unusually slow pace that allowed those near the front to pretty much stay there. If we had any hair left we’d be tearing it out…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Etonian, (1540 Sandown), 1pt win, 5/2:
The recent Sandown maiden winner Etonian is the one to beat, although King Vega’s second in another Sandown maiden sets a good benchmark. But it will be deeply disappointing if the style Etonian showed when weaving through and sprinting clear last time doesn’t take him a long way up the 2yo tree starting here.
Stone Of Destiny, (1400 Sandown), 9/1: at his best over 5f and very useful on a going day. Hasn’t had too many of those since a Shergar Cup won last summer and has slipped to his lowest ever handicap mark. This course should be ideal, his middle draw looks good, and a return to form would be no surprise. Looks a tempting price.
Muraad, (1430 Sandown), 5/2: was looking progressive for his in form stable before taking a giant leap forward with an impressive win at Goodwood. Did really well there to chase down the useful Overwrite after he had picked a lead. The narrow margin means just a 5lb rise but he was good for more than that and if anything this is a weaker event.
Billesdon Brook, (1505 Sandown), 7/2: Quadrilateral will be all the rage here after thirds in two Group 1s, but she has looked a bit vulnerable this year. Billesdon Brook is a former Guineas winner who can be useful when at her best. Her narrow defeat in a blanket finish for a group 1 last time suggest she is back to peak form and she may have too much for her younger rival.
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