Friday Yankee: That’s the Spirit…

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NAP OF THE DAY: Mighty Spirit, (1545 York), 1pt win, 9/1:  

Ok, we are going to risk our mental health by opposing blog regular Arecibo.  He starts favourite here but we have simply been stung far too often !!  Instead Mighty Spirit looks an attractive price.  Boil her form down to runs with cut in the ground and we have a 6th at Royal Ascot last year, a 3rd in Newbury’s Super Sprint and a Catterick win, and then a reappearance 5th at Royal Ascot this year.  Has done ok on faster surfaces as well, but this cut should be ideal for her and she gets her jockey’s valuable claim.

Crownthorpe, (1405 York), 9/1: a cracking late season mile handicap where the soft ground could be key. Some likely favourites here, particularly Chance, but we prefer two at longer prices.  Ouzo could come good soon, but Crownthorpe has the credentials.  He ran away with this race on soft ground last year.  He wasn’t seen afterwards and was barely seen in his two comeback runs after a belated return this season.  But last time out he ran a whole lot better and the likelihood is that he has been primed for a repeat in this race.  Gets his conditions and looks a good bet, with his wide draw being far less of a concern on this going.

Captain Claret, (1650 York), 3/1:  this lightly raced 3yo is very interesting here.  Having made all to win at Bath in a maiden, he ran freely from the front there again in his handicap debut, leading by a wide margin until capitulating in the final half furlong.  Goes off the same mark here but with a hood fitted to hopefully help him relax and down to 7f to help him get home.  Should be ridden front the front again and that can work well at this track when it rides soft.

Brilliant Light, (1610 Newmarket), 8/1:  a top quality handicap with any number of unexposed candidates.  Indigo Lake is a bit of a character to say the least and could go well at a huge price, but there is lots to like about Brilliant Light. He only saw a racetrack for the first time in July, but has developed rapidly beating the useful Crystal Pegasus and then overhauling Tenbury Wells at Sandown. Looks sure to enjoy this trip and must have plenty of scope to improve further on just his fourth run.

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