The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Show Palace, (1640 Nottingham), 2pts win, 5/1 generally available
Not often worth uncorking a 2pt bet in this grade but everything looks right for this sprinter. He has won 6 of 11 starts on soft ground including here last Summer in one of five easy ground wins in 2017. Not been as good this year, but arguably may have won at Haydock when stopped in his run on soft ground. Ignore his good ground defeat at Pontefract time and back on this surface and with strongman veteran Franny Norton booked, he looks set to land a gamble.
Sub Lieutenant, (1610 Punchestown), 9/4: the jumps season tends to get up to speed a little quicker in Ireland than the UK and this is a tasty little Grade 3. We think it will be Sub Lieutenant’s day at these weights. He is 10lbs better off with the useful Road To Respect for being beaten a head in the Punchestown Gold Cup here in April, and 7lbs better off with Snow Falcon for finishing on his heels in the Galway Plate. He has won since, should be fighting fit, and has the irrepressible Rachel Blackmore in the saddle.
Sweet Destination, (1645 Punchestown), 8/1: Neither of the market leaders here look that convincing, being priced on their trainers’ (Elliott and Draper) ability to unlock evident but unfulfilled promise. We prefer solid recent form, with the flying Shanklys Dawn a contender but surely up against it with fellow mare Sweet Destination who has an 11lb pull for a less than 3l defeat last month.
Brendan, (1815 Newcastle), 5/1: part horse part mountain, this equine Goliath has won only one of 21 starts. That was when we tipped him – and whilst it would be too circular an argument to suggest he is unbeaten when we have tipped him – it’s worth pointing out his two good course runs on this surface. The 6f is a question mark, but he has been strongest at the finish over 5f so is worth the risk.
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