The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Honor Oak, (1615 Leopardstown), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
We like a low draw around Leopardstown’s 7f track, and Honor Oak looks well positioned in stall 4. She also has a fitness advantage having recently won on the all weather at Dundalk. Even with that win she is only just above the mark off which she was a closing second at this course on her last turf run in October, she has ticks in all the right boxes.
Scheu Time, (1455 Killarney), 14/1: the head of the market here is dominated by two horses, True Self and Neverushacon, who revert to soft ground having shown improvement on a better surface at Punchestown. It may be worth chancing Scheu Time who looked likely to collect on handicap debut in a strong race on soft at Aintree but for falling at the last. His mark is unchanged and he may not have been suited by a slowly run novice event over an extra half mile at Kilbeggan on Friday. Back in a well run 2m handicap he looks a big price considering that Aintree run.
Magical, (1510 Leopardstown), 9/4: Aidan O’Brien’s filly was one of Ireland’s leading 2yos last year, running star stablemate Happily to a short head at the Curragh. Since then she’s been on her travels at Chantilly, Newmarket and Longchamp. Finally back at home she looks a class above this field and is a surprisingly accessible price.
Curley Bill, (1645 Leopardstown), 9/4: Noel Meade’s bang in form handicapper has sprung to life at the veteran age of 10. He had just two runs in nearly 5 years before a fine comeback win at Naas. He avoided the “bounce” by backing that up with an excellent second a few days ago at Roscommon, and he can eek out one more win here whilst most of his opponents are warming up for the season ahead.
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