Hold Court at Ffos Las
Man On The Spot selects Naps from Ffos Las, Bath, York and Wolverhampton for our daily Yankee.
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There wouldn't have been much between HOLD COURT (NAP), Minella Reception and Vinnie My Boy over hurdles. The former and the latter both have experience over the larger obstacles, though disappointed last time. We'll give another chance to Evan Williams' seven-year-old as his debut second at Uttoxeter was a solid effort and he was challenging when falling at the last at Newton Abbot next time. The returning Leath Acra Mor and Tenby Jewel should find easier opportunities in the months ahead.
MOLLY JONES (NAP) would probably be going for a five-timer on this track but for failing to obtain a clear run last month. She's shot up the weights as a consequence but has won from a higher rating in the past so should continue her winning ways. Silverrica gained her only victory so far over this course and distance in June and is just 2lb higher so could prove a danger while Dangerous Age, a regular winner on Polytrack, bounced back to form with a very good run here last month. Shamahan won this last year and was having just his second subsequent start at Windsor a fortnight ago and looks to have been readied for another crack.
Dutch Rose was unbeaten in four starts on the track, including this a year ago, before beaten last month. The assessor has dropped her a couple of pounds and given her a chance of a repeat. The handicapper raised BRAGGING (NAP) 10lb after her demolition job over a strong field at Newmarket and was by no means harsh. Sir Michael Stoute's filly was having just her fourth start and even a mark of 97 shouldn't prevent another victory. The Gold Cheongsam, who finished runner-up in that latter race, is entitled to get closer but unlikely to turn the tables. Irish raider Sparkle Factor was narrowly beaten in a Listed contest last time so could prove a threat while Enraptured is just the type of progressive filly John Gosden does so well with at this time of the year and she'll be better for last month's reappearance after a long break.
Storm Lightning won this off a lower mark last year but needs to dig a bit deeper judged on recent placed efforts. Seamster is upped in class as he bids for a hat-trick and has been raised a further 6lb while Brother Tiger made all over 6f at Lingfield last year but attempts this shorter trip for the first time. EMJAYEM (NAP) has been getting steadily closer and Ed McMahon's charge looks set for a return to winning ways after a good effort behind the in-form Mister Manannan at Beverley. He gets the vote with The Dandy Yank and Distant Past others who could go well.