Friday Yankee: Yorkshire Dale to defy hike…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Annandale, (1625 Newbury), 1pt win, 11/4:   

Won over 10f as a 2yo so did very well to repeat that feat at Nottingham recently.  Got better with every stride there and this stiff 11f is surely a stepping stone to longer trips.  Trainer Mark Johnston excels with these types and has one to go to war with here despite a 7lb rise, and it looks significant that he targets a trip down south to a proper galloping course in a week where lavish prizes lie close to his stables up in Yorkshire.

Blue Cup, (1440 York), 11/4:  the world and his wife have been waiting for this fella since his extraordinary run in defeat at Epsom.  Cantering the whole way he got no run at all and would clearly have won.  Sometimes these horses get over-backed next time, and that is a nagging doubt, but he has to be given the chance to deliver on the eye popping promise of that run.

Shawaamekh,  (1540 York), 7/1:   a bit of an old monkey. If one with winning form at this course and distance.  Has a recent wind operation and looked unlucky at Chester on his return.  He is the type to often look unlucky, but there may have been more to it than his usual shenanigans last time and he is worth a chance to reveal some improvement for the operation.

Kondo Isami, (1650 York), 7/2:  another Mark Johnston trained middle distance 3yo and an interesting type with super sire Galileo mixed with top Aussie bloodlines.  Has three quick runs on the all weather late last year in what in hindsight have proven to be well above average events, grinding out a win at Chelmsford.  Looks just the type the trainer relishes and can be the pick of his multiple entries here.

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