Sunday Yankee: Latent promise…

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NAP OF THE DAY: Latent Heat, (1700 Goodwood), 1pt win, 12/1:

Hadn’t shown much in his early Irish runs but won well at Wolves in the Spring. Again looked average when returned to turf this Summer, but left that miles behind when surging home over 7f here last time on his first encounter with soft ground and only just failing to catch stablemate Sir Titan. He is up 4lbs for that, but they were well clear then and this extra furlong should suit on that showing. It is hard to understand why he isn’t more fancied than Sir Titan, as he will surely pass him this time if in the same form.

With Thanks, (1455 Goodwood), 3/1: a potentially trappy fillies event in which Ascot winner Onassis has a big chance as the highest rated runner going in. That said, With Thanks hasn’t had much chance to show what she can do but has two wins in her three runs, both on this heavy ground. Steps up markedly in class, but isn’t rated far behind, is still open to improvement and her love for this surface can close any remaining class gap.

Alaadel, (1525 Goodwood), 5/1: all four lifetime wins have come on either soft or heavy turf, and it may have been a shade quicker than he likes when a close 4th here in August. A likely quagmire today should be absolutely ideal and in Oisin Murphy he could hardly have a better pilot for the job.

Run For Mary, (1540 Curragh), 3/1: it takes a lot to desert Willie Mullins’ mare Royal Illusion in her bid for a repeat win in the Irish Cesarewich, but an 11lb higher mark is formidable and there is one in here who may just be too well in. Run For Mary represents the shrewd Charles Byrnes. She progressed from a poor first run here to win next time, but it is her effort last time at the Galway festival that catches the eye. Her fast finishing second to the amazing Princess Zoe earned her a remarkable one pound drop in the weights, all the more incredible given the winner is now rated 26lbs higher. Looks to have been held back for this target in full knowledge of the handicapper’s error and should take this with ease.

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