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Horse Racing Tips: Nap of the Day

Andrew Asquith has a bet for every meeting in the UK on Monday with the Nap running at Yorkshire's 'garden racecourse'.

Monday selections

SYDNEY BAY - 19:15 Ripon (NAP)

SYDNEY BAY ran only to a modest level in three quick starts last season, but showed improved form on his return and handicap debut at Redcar last month, and he is a horse to be interested in now.

Those that were ridden closer to the pace were seen to good advantage on that occasion, but he finished his race well, unlucky not to finish closer having met with some trouble inside the final furlong.

Sydney Bay was doing all of his best work at the finish and his pedigree also suggests he should relish this two furlong longer trip. This is a deeper race, but he remains unexposed, and a big run is expected now having his stamina stretched further.

DE BARLEY BASKET - 13:00 Worcester

This looks competitive enough, but DE BARLEY BASKET has returned from an absence an improved performer, taking his record over fences to four from six when winning easily at Uttoxeter last month.

He was noticeably strong in the betting and he never really gave his backers anything to worry about, a little untidy at the seventh, but otherwise jumping well in the main and displaying a good turn of foot upon entering the straight.

The handicapper has hit him with a 9 lb rise for that success, which looks fair, and there should be even more to come from this progressive chaser, who also has course winning form.

YAASER - 16:45 Ayr

YAASER stepped up on previous runs for this yard when opening his account at Musselburgh in May, taking advantage of a tumbling mark, and he followed up in impressive style over this course and distance on his next start.

He was turned over at odds-on back at this venue on his next start, bumping into a most determined rival, and was arguably unlucky not to resume winning ways at Musselburgh last week.

Yaaser didn't get the clearest passage but left the impression he is still in top form, making good headway when short of room two furlongs out and having to weave his way through rivals closer to home to be beaten by only a head. That looks the best form on offer and he seems sure to launch another bold bid from the same mark.

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  • Who's The Guv'Nor 4/5

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