Go Native in Saturday Yankee
Man On The Spot picks out the four best bets from Saturday's main cards for our new daily Yankee.
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Three-year-olds have a good record in this and FINTRY has the form to go very close. Andre Fabre's filly stepped up on an earlier Listed win to land a Group 2 at Chantilly in June and the likely soft ground won't be a problem. But it might be for Zurigha, who has something to find on earlier running at Epsom with Odeliz. The latter will handle the surface but Group 3 winner Zibelina is unproven in soft and has been off the track since May. The remainder have plenty to find with the selection on today's terms, including dual handicap winner Water Hole and Listed winner Audacia.
Most of the leading contenders will be hoping for some rain but that doesn't apply to KINGSGATE NATIVE. He found only Sole Power too good on fast ground in the Palace House at Newmarket earlier in the year and a repeat of that should see him bang there at the finish. Pearl Secret finished behind Sole Power in the King's Stand at Ascot last time and would appreciate some cut, as would both recent Deauville winner Mirza and Mecca's Angel. But Rocky Ground should cope and he won over track and trip last season when beating Addictive Dream. The remainder are decent handicappers but with a bit to find in this company.
WHIPLASH WILLIE ran well in the Henry 11 Stakes at Sandown in May having made a winning return over today's trip at Salisbury. He clearly goes well fresh so gets the vote. Big Orange finished fourth in the Queen's Vase at Ascot in June but takes on older horses for the first time today. Special Meaning has a shout on last week's third at Newmarket and De Rigueur also makes a quick reappearance having failed to figure in the Ebor last weekend - he's preferred to Noble Silk, a winner over 2m earlier in the season.
Red Current won this in 2011 but hasn't raced for more than a year. Paple Blessing has his first run for David Bridgwater while Well Owd Mon was well behind Glens Wobbly here in June. The latter beat four rivals over course and distance nine days ago and is only 2lb higher but has a bit to find with Vertueux on their run together here last year. The top weight has been out of sorts this term, however, while Sir Tyto didn't beat much at Brighton last time over shorter. HALLING'S WISH has developed into a decent hurdler. He could be the one to beat here if translating that improvement to the Flat as he's still relatively unexposed.