With all due respect to the overtures of the flat season at Newmarket, it’s Cheltenham that catches the eye today…
The Daily Yankee:
Jameson, (1440 Cheltenham), 12/1: Gets in here as a novice. Ran a good 6th in the novice handicap at the Festival on soft ground, but form figures on ground better than soft are 11212. Sam Twiston-Davies takes the ride and he looks the sort to spring to life now the drying conditions kick in.
Mister Miyagi, (1515 Cheltenham), 9/1: This is a fiercely competitive race with any number of angles, but there’s no doubt that it’s Stuart Edmonds’ new recruit Mister Miyagi who catches the eye after a long break. When with the Skeltons he finished 6th in the legendary Supreme Novice of 2016 behind Altior and ahead of the likes of Supasundae and Petit Mouchoir. Hasn’t quite lived up to that since, but is on a good mark and could revive for the switch to a very in form yard.
Calipso Collonges (1625 Cheltenham), 8/1: Has been a revelation for his superb new trainer since switching over from Ireland winning four in a row. Now 17lbs up since his last win, but looked to have plenty in hand. Clearly the massive weight hike and the rise in class are issues, but the odds reward for that and the raise in class means a feather weight which will feel like he’s running free.
Singlefarmpayment, (1700 Cheltenham), 7/2: We have a significant and excruciating back history with this fella. He ran pretty well at the Festival on heavy ground, but we’ve always felt he’s better on decent ground. He has slipped back to the rating off which he was runner up at last year’s festival, and is 4lbs lower than when runner up here on seasonal debut. Champion Richard Johnson gets on board for the first time and he can finally settle some scores.
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