The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Mondain, (1435 Newmarket), 2pts win, 14/1:
A massive field for this historic race and the wide draws of fancied Coltrane and Leoncavallo could be their undoing. Trainer Mark Johnston is an expert at finding more improvement in his staying handicappers. Summer Moon went close for him last year and should be in the mix, but it’s stablemate Mondain who appeals most under Andrea Atzeni. His runs at 2m trips comprise three very easy wins and a good second at Ascot behind one who had a rare going day. Tactically versatile, with a nice draw, and 3lbs well in under a penalty for a saunter at Ayr last time, he looks a cracking bet.
Dakota Gold, (1305 York), 5/2: was in flying form all last year. Has perhaps been a fraction off that beat this season but only a fraction and has come closest to it when getting soft ground like today. Has great course form and enjoys being on the pace here. Should open the card with a bang.
Ilaarab, (1435 York), 5/2: some in form 3yos at the top of the market here and they are likely to dominate. William Haggas’ Ilaarab has the winning habit and yet narrow workmanlike wins means his rating is creeping up slowly enough. Has a good attitude and could keep battling his way to defying a climbing rating. He should extend his winning run to five.
Tranchee, (1530 York), 9/1: a cracking sprint in which old warrior Kynren makes appeal. Most of these are well known to the handicapper, but bottom weight Tranchee may still have some secrets. He has been improving fast at around 7f this year, but travels speedily and may enjoy this step back to 6f. Has a handy middle draw and gets weight from everything else.
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