The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Hellenista, (1650 Hamilton), 1pt win, 11/4:
She didn’t get much luck on handicap debut here recently, but made amends with a smooth win at Ripon last time. That’s a track where coming from off the pace is often nigh on impossible so her last-to-first win over some in-form opponents has to be worth a lot more than the 4lb rise she got and she can start proving that here today.
Basharat, (1520 Hamilton), 8/1: plugged away at a modest level in Ireland before switching to the UK earlier this Summer. His initial outings for trainer John Jenkins were characterised by pulling too hard and fading. Was allowed to bowl along in a maiden last time and upset an odds-on shot with an easy win. The handicapper has left his mark unchanged effectively labelling that a bad race. That may well be true but the change in tactics may also have been the key factor and he should be given a chance at these odds to see if he can repeat it.
Tomily, (1550 Hamilton), 13/2: Albegone romped home last week but had long been struggling previously off this mark and may be a bit short. Tomily has taken a mighty fall down to a mark of 60 having once topped 100. That is symptomatic of some poor efforts but his 6th of 8 here last time was in a race that has worked out well, and his lifetime form at this class 6 level now reads 3116. May be worth taking a chance that a drop to a lifetime low mark can prompt a revival.
Cheese and Wine, (1620 Hamilton), 20/1: a poor race and one which is ripe for a shock. Cheese And Wine is a moody filly who runs in snatches, can get outpaced but often stays on well. That run-style can lend itself to the occasional flash on the pan, and when that happens, being 5lbs out of the handicap is not nearly as relevant as the filly’s attitude. At a huge price it could be worth gambling that she will build on one of her more encouraging affirms at this track last time.
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