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Minalisa a seaside special.

Minalisa should thrive for the step back up to six furlongs in the Diomed Golden anniversary Handicap at Yarmouth.

Previously successful three times over that distance, trainer Rae Guest decided to explore his possible options and dropped the filly back to the minimum trip at Doncaster earlier this month.

That decision did not produce a victory though, with Minalisa finishing a close second after being unable to take up her preferred front-running role.

Previously a fine winner at Warwick, Minalisa was also carrying a 6lb penalty on Town Moor and after that creditable effort, the handicapper has now put her up to a career-high mark of 85.

But there might easily be more to come judged on her profile and she could be capable of defying the rise back at what looks her optimum trip.

Green Monkey certainly seems to enjoy a visit to Yarmouth and can complete a double at the seaside in the Freederm Handicap.

Each of his three starts so far this term have been here and after an initially unpromising effort, Green Monkey has made great strides for James Fanshawe, eventually claiming a distinctly average event last time out.

However, the manner of his victory in that three-year-old affair was encouraging despite idling when he hit the front a touch too early.

That victory will certainly have helped his confidence and with the handicapper dishing out just a 2lb rise, Fanshawe would seem to have something to work with.

nashville is the choice in the 128th Year of The Watt Memorial Handicap at Beverley.

The four-year-old started life with David Wachman before being snapped up at Tattersalls last October to join Richard Fahey.

He then won one of his first three starts for his new connections on the all-weather before Christmas before being given a break and returning in May.

His initial effort over 12 furlongs yielded little promise but having been stepped up to staying trips since, nashville has fared much better, notably when second at Pontefract.

That effort came over nearly two furlongs further but with the stiff uphill finish on the Westwood, nashville''''s extra reserves could prove crucial.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 16, 2013
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