Friday Yankee: Many happy returns?

NAP OF THE DAY:  Many A Star, (1650 Ascot ), 1pt win, 10/1:  

We are big fans of this strapping sprinter.  He could be very useful with another year’s development and a trip here for the Wokingham next June could be interesting.  For now he is a well handicapped work in progress.  Hopefully he will show an aptitude for this track with the future in mind, and only 6lbs up for a good Yarmouth win last time he can cope with this step up in class on his way to better things.

Tiger Crusade, (1505 Ascot), 9/2: we have lost patience with Mister Snowdon (cue What Happens Next..), and it’s his fellow 3yos that should dominate this.  Ebury is tempting with Ray Dawson taking off 5lbs as is the classy Raaeq, but we’ll trust straight course specialist Jamie Spencer on Tiger Crusade. Trainer Simcock is a dab hand at improving 3yo handicappers and the form of this guy’s Donny win is gold dust.  He was pretty good in defeat when 3rd here last time in a race that is also working out well and he just gets the vote in what looks a Tricast opportunity!!

Calling The Wind, (1540 Ascot), 6/1: was a very tidy winner over this course in July.  Was a staying on 4th in a good race over 12f at Newbury last time and looks sure to enjoy a step back up in trip.  This is by far the longest he has been asked to run, but it looks likely to suit and we know he enjoys a spin around here.

Be Proud, (2030 Newcastle), 5/1:  such a frustrating sprinter who constantly knocks on the door looking unlucky.   We have left him alone of late and he was up to his old tricks when a customary fast finishing 4th at Ayr a few days ago.  For all of his frustrations, his two lifetime wins have been over this course and distance, and returning here in evident good form he looks set to finally deliver again.

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