The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Cloak Of Spirits, (1350 Newmarket), 1pt win, 4/1:
Plenty of numbers here but not a lot of quality. The stands rail could be the place to be and the renewed rivalry of Bounce The Blues and Cloak Of Spirits looks the key. Bounce came out better at Doncaster last time, but this 8f is more of a proven factor for Cloak Of Spirits, who also gets a 3lb weight pull and is returning to the scene of her greatest effort when runner up in the 1000 Guineas. She can gran the rail under Atzeni and may prove impossible to pass.
Kameko, (1535 Newmarket), 5/2: a pretty useful Group 2 event in which last year’s winner Benbatl sets a decent standard. That said, Kameko has the outstanding claim as the winner of this year’s 2000 Guineas over course and distance. He has to carry a penalty for that win, but still his three subsequent fourths have been in the Derby, an unlucky run in the Sussex and a good run in a sensational International stakes. Those are all at least one class above this event and he deserves to notch another win here.
Nakeeta, (1705 Haydock), 6/1: a class act in his Ebor winning days and has been sliding down the weights before coming good in smooth fashion at Ayr last week. Gets in here with just a 4lb penalty and that should be nowhere near enough to stop him if he is as good as he was at Ayr.
Hesslewood, (1735 Haydock), 7/2: we have been on the wrong side of plenty of photo finishes lately, so it is with some trepidation that we pick a horse whose three runner up efforts this season have been by a neck and a head (twice). That said, Hesslewood looks rock solid under these conditions, hasn’t been over punished for those near misses, and can finally get that nose in front where it matters.
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