The Daily Yankee:
Ivanhoe, (1420 Chepstow), 20/1: Favourite Mr Lando is obvious but short as a 9yo who has always struggled off this mark and whose best form is on sharper tracks. Under The Woods is priced on promise, whilst Blue April will be competing for the lead with the favourite. This shapes for an upset, we have backed Flight To Nowhere a couple of times but she might prefer it quicker, so we will side with Ivanhoe, whose recent form is not too encouraging but has a lifetime low mark now, was an ok 5th last time, and has placed in 3 of 4 flat races at the course.
Lac Sacre, (1600 Chepstow), 5/1: Winner of this race last year, lost his form afterwards, but back to life with two good seconds recently and only 3lb higher than last year’s easy win. Market rival Cailleach Annie won well last time, but is 5lbs higher now that when beaten over 10 lengths by Lac Sacre here last year, whilst Paddy The Oscar is 6lbs higher than when a further 10l back in that same race.
Vasco Du Mee, (1705 Chepstow), 9/4: Another looking to defend his title having won this race last year. Beat the very useful Dineur that day, and was capable of winning a decent 4 mile hunter chase at Cheltenham the year before. Has a lot less to prove than rivals Battle Dust (a stone badly off on ratings) and Al Co (struggles on soft). Fourovakind looks the biggest danger, but Vasco should be very hard to beat.
Birch Hill, (1715 Ludlow), 11/2: Was a very impressive winner at Huntingdon two runs ago, but struggled before falling in the high class Imperial Cup last time. Drying ground could be key for him, and a dry day is in store on a track that can quicken up at short notice. Plenty of front runners in the race should ensure it is run to suit, whilst the 5lb claim of Sean Houlihan is highly valuable, as was shown in the Midlands National last weekend.
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