Wednesday Yankee: Willie’s worth a wonka wager…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Willie John, (1350 Goodwood), 2pts win, 3/1:  

It’s been a while since he was a well fancied second favourite to beat the mighty Ghaiyyath at Longchamp two years ago.  Since then his lightly raced form splits neatly in three, being modest runs at Doncaster, awful runs at Ascot, and excellent efforts at Goodwood.  Thankfully it’s the Sussex venue today and by far his easier contest for some time, and a chance to finally register a win.

Bright Start, (1550 Redcar), 11/4:  some steady old northern handicapper ms here but they have their work cut out against three Newmarket youngsters.  Whilst Motamayiz and Rozalia have good chances, it’s the rare sight of the Godolphin silks on the Teesport track that offers the biggest clue.  Bright Start has made exactly that in three runs to date, finishing a good second at Leicester last time on handicap debut.  Better ground and a shorter trip both look good moves and he should have this at his mercy.

Zhui Feng, (1605 Goodwood), 9/1:  back on his heyday he was winning the Hunt Cup off a mark of 100.  Has slipped down to just 86 now and hence gets in as top weight in the class 4 event the first time he has ever dipped so low in his handicap career.  Has plenty of course form although from the front at shorter trips.  Jim Crowley may choose to give him a quieter ride at this trip given there’s plenty of pace on, and he looks a lively outsider for his in form rider.

Arnold, (1655 Redcar), 11/2:  hard to know what to make of this habitually unlucky loser.  Has raised his art form in two recent Newcastle seconds and would be a short price but for a 4lb weight rise and a switch to a less proven track.  That said, he looked to be buzzing last time when getting a very ill judged ride, and he may just be in irresistibly good form right now.

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