A disappointing Saturday with two non-runners and two who would have been better off not running. Thankfully a varied and exciting Sunday awaits to compensate…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Our Father, (1645 Limerick), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available
On first look this must appear ridiculous as the horse hasn’t run for nearly 4yrs and is a veteran 12yo in a competitive Munster National. The prosecution rests. But…as a youngster with David Pipe he was renowned for his best-fresh seasonal debut form – winning on seasonal debut every season until failing in the deep waters of the Hennessey (went off favourite) and then the Becher (fav again). These are shallower waters but the time off is clearly a massive issue, but then he is now with Gordon Elliott – the man who made his name bringing back Silver Birch – and a man well versed in the miraculous….
On Tour, (1600 Chepstow), 6/1: This veterans chase is made interesting by failed star Beat That. We don’t quite buy his rehab in small novice chases and value must lie elsewhere. On Tour’s seasonal debut form is 12121, and he was running with credit in decent handicaps in the Spring. Effective between 2m4f and 3m, he may have too much speed for some of the tough old stayers here.
Eddystone Rock, (1620 Goodwood), 12/1: This is a useful 12f handicap but there are reasons to be sceptical of the market leaders. Eddystone Rock was a feature running on late in decent races last year. He has been quieter this season albeit still showing some promise. He has slipped 10lbs to a useful mark, and this course could suit. Capable of a surprise.
Exchange Rate, (1625 Navan), 9/1: after anothe Willie Mullins domination in yesterday’s English Cesarewich it is no surprise to see a sizeable deputation in the Irish equivalent. It is a surprise none is favourite, and we think Exchange Rate should be. He ran well on good ground in a valuable Killarney race to be a closing second before easing to a bloodless heavy ground win last time. This race looks sure to suit with the extra distance and stiff course a massive plus.
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