Two good winners again on yesterday’s yankee, proving a 27/1 double and so some positive returns. We need to turn a run of two’s into a three of four, today might just do it.
The Daily Yankee:
Tara Dylan (1355 Leopardstown), 5/2: Useful mare but still a maiden. Highly tried in a Grade 2 last time and was far from disgraced. Can beat the dodgy favourite Pallasator who is not yet translating top notch flat form to jumps, Dunvegan who may need more jumping experience, and Jetez who needs to get over a dismal last run.
No Hiding Place (1430 Sandown), 2/1: The first of today’s military amateur riders races. Trainer Nicky Henderson will have today’s horse and rider combination well schooled. The Stowaway gelding ran a lifetime best in his first handicap last time at Kempton. This looks easier and he can progress much quicker than a 3lb rise will account for. Is assisted by the most experience jockey in the field.
General Principle (1530 Leopardstown), 4/1: Today’s nap and a horse we wanted to back at the Cheltenham festival. He heads for shallower waters here and should progress from an eye-catching effort when dropped to this course and distance last time. Held well back that day, he should be closer to the pace in this 10 runner field, and his proven stamina (placed in Irish National) should win the day.
Rathlin Rose (1540 Sandown). 7/4: Strictly speaking has 4 or 5 pounds to find on official ratings with a number of these, but has won all three previous visits here, all under this military amateur, including this race last year. Won here 3 weeks ago, and liking for the course, evident form, and the experienced jockey can overturn the small ratings disadvantage.
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