There’s no shortage of runners at Doncaster on Thursday, the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, which gives us the opportunity to back some high class horses at apparently generous odds. We’ve failed to land one of our ‘deadly’ doubles so far, but all of our selections have been there or thereabouts, so we’re far from discouraged.
Our first selection this week is Fadhayyil in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (2.30) at Doncaster. Barry Hills’ filly was only beaten half a length in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes, over 7 furlongs, at Royal Ascot in June and, although failing to build on that performance in the Queens Plate Stakes at Goodwood, was trapped wide for much of the way and appeared ill-at-ease on the course in any case. She’s the highest rated filly in the field according to the BHA and looks a decent bet to follow up at 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Our second selection is more nebulous, insofar as it’s based on Tony Hamilton’s choice of Another Touch from six Richard Fahey-trained entries in the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (3.40) at Doncaster. The Arcano filly appeared to be beaten fair and square by Time Warp at Leicester last month but, with the winner following up in a French Listed race on Monday, the form looks better than it did at the time. Coral offer a standout 40/1 in the early price lists, which is simply irresistible!
Selections: Doncaster 2.30 Fadhayyil, Doncaster 3.40 Another Touch, win double
It’s fair to say that Thursday’s cards aren’t particularly inspirational but, in our search for value, we’ve once again come up with a couple of selections, which constitute our ‘daily double’.
Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby has a 2-9 (22%) strike rate with his three-year-olds at Haydock this season and appears to have a decent chance of improving that record with Second Wave in the Betfred “Double Delight” Handicap (3.35). The New Approach gelding won on his seasonal debut at Redcar in April, so an absence of 138 days is less of a worry than it otherwise might be and, although beaten off a 1lb lower mark at Nottingham on his only subsequent start, he remains open to significant improvement.
At Salisbury, the Country Gentlemen’s Association Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes (3.45) is the race of the day and features an intriguing clash between the progressive fillies Mayfair Lady and Whatdoiwantthatfor, who are inseparable on official ratings. However, preference on this occasion is for Whatdoiwantthatfor, whose two defeats have been inflicted by subsequent Lowther Stakes winner Besharah and is proven on the prevailing soft going.
Selections: Haydock 3.35 Second Wave, Salisbury 3.45 Whatdoiwanthatfor win double
As part of our series covering different types of multiple bets (we’ve covered doubles, trebles and accumulators) it’s time to talk yankees. A yankee is essentially a combination of all of these bets types. It consists of 11 bets: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator and is a popular sports bet, especially in horse racing.
It’s the kind of bet that will appeal to someone who is either having a lucky punt at four selections, or is confident of say two or three of them, but at the same time realises how difficult it is in reality to pull off a four fold accumulator. With a yankee bet even if you don’t tick every box, you can still benefit from two or three wins.
Say for instance that one of your results disappointed, but you gained three winners, well you would still win on four of your eleven bets (three doubles and a treble). For a breakdown of the 11 bets that make up a yankee bet see below: Yankee Bet Breakdown
How Many Bets?
ab, ac, ad, bc, bd, cd
abc, abd, acd, bcd
Adding another selection (so 5 instead of 4) makes the bet a super yankee resulting in a total of 26 bets (10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-fold’s and a five-fold accumulator). Add the 5 single bets to that and you have what is known as a Lucky 31 (31 bets in total). With both yankees and super yankees even if you’re a fan of betting on favourites, you stand to make a good return should the wins start rolling in.
We’re always excited by the prospect of a large return for a relatively small outlay so, in a break with tradition, today we’re putting up two selections, which form our ‘daily double’.
Coincidentally, both selections run in nursery handicaps and the first is Strands Of Silk in the Swedish Pioneers Nursery Handicap (5.10) at Newcastle. The Kodiac filly wasn’t beaten far in a slightly better race at Thirsk four weeks ago and, with a first-time hood to keep her on the straight and narrow, can return to winning ways off a 2lb lower mark. She was outclassed in the National Stakes at Sandown and the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot before bolting to post at Chester on her penultimate start, but is clearly smart and can get her career back on track.
Our second selection is Gold Merlion in the Doom Bar Nursery Handicap (6.05) at Goodwood. The daughter of Alhaarth made a winning debut in a Class 4 maiden at Thirsk five weeks ago, the form of which has been franked by the third, Spennithorne and, although soft ground is an unknown, she starts life in handicaps on an attractive mark.