Explosive start for Yankee
Man On The Spot picks out the best four Naps from Friday's meetings for our new daily Yankee.
It traditionally takes a speedy filly to land this but last year's winner, Windfire, had run over 6f and 7f before landing the spoils. EXPLOSIVE LADY (NAP) looked a bit unlucky in the Princess Margaret at Ascot last month as the first two had flown by the time Martin Harley had extracted her from a pocket. She was ahead of Rosie's Premiere and Accipiter that day and, as she'd won easily enough over 5f on her debut at Nottingham, could be the answer to this. The Hannon trio Dangerous Moonlite, Parsley and Spirit Of Xian are respected, as is Littlemissblakeney who had Dangerous Moonlite, Blue Aegean and Al Fareej behind when fifth in the Queen Mary and didn't appear to get home over 6f last time at Newmarket.
Cay Dancer continues in good heart and the Newbury winner is sure to have her followers this afternoon with Cam Hardie's claim negating much of her recent rise up the weights. Miss Lucy Jane has a chance to reoppose Richard Hannon's grey at significantly better terms but the pair may have to give best to SCALLOP (NAP). Sir Michael Stoute's filly was backed as if defeat were out of the question at Carlisle, and with the second going on to oblige in a subsequent maiden at the course, we'll take her to make a successful transition into handicaps. Thatchereen has taken time to come to hand though Michael Bell's filly won comfortably at Newbury and she's likely to have gained plenty of confidence for getting her head in front. Bureau clearly thrives on her racing and Mark Johnston's front runner could be a danger to all if allowed to have her own way upfront.
TINSILL (NAP) scored over track and trip last week and a 6lb penalty is negated by Anna Hesketh's allowance. He should make another bold bid as this looks no tougher. Red Forever finished closer at Ayr recently, with previous Musselburgh winner Scoreline behind, while the drop back in trip should suit Shades Of Silk who attempted to make all over 6f at Haydock last time but just failed. Lucky Times has been placed over the minimum trip and may prove best of the rest.
Godolphin have won this for the past two years. Best Of Times attracted good support on his debut here last month but looked in need of the run. His stablemate, the newcomer Khusoosy, is the second foal of a 1m2f winner but it's Arabian Oasis, from last year's successful yard, who could prove best of the trio as he's by Oasis Dream out of the Oaks winner Love Divine and a half-brother to Sixties Icon and many other winners. Manshaa found the more experienced Groor just too strong over Beverley's stiff extended 7f with the remainder in another parish. He'll come on for the run and that form looks slightly stronger than My Sebastian's second at Yarmouth. Both attempted to make all and could do so again which may hand the initiative to SERVERY (NAP), who was conceding weight all round when staying on over 7f at Doncaster and will be suited by the extra furlong.