The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Ptarmigan Ridge, (1600 Newbury), 1pt win, 9/2 generally available
It’s been a while since trainer James Fanshawe was a regular big race name, but he has always been able to improve a quality handicapper, and the switch of Ptarmigan Ridge back to turf last time resulted in a very easy Chester win. A cheeky winning distance means just 5 extra pounds and he looks well up to this. Reading Chester form across to Newbury is a risk, but one worth chancing.
Terentum Star, (1535 Doncaster), 9/2: we’ve been chasing our tails a bit in these big sprint handicaps but this really looks well set for Terentum Star. He won this time last year off a higher mark, and comes here after a solid 8th in the Ayr Gold Cup and an equally good 4th at York. Those were better races than this and the stable is firing.
Signore Piccolo, (1635 Newbury), 25/1: This hold up sprinter looks very overpriced. He won off a 2lb lower mark at Salisbury this summer and has run with credit in handicaps since. He mostly runs at 5f but has won at 6f, and ran well over this trip when 5th to today’s favourite Dark Power at Haydock. Gets a 7lb pull for just under 3 lengths and yet is nearly ten times the price. Worth a risk.
Tralee Hills, (1720 Doncaster), 10/3: ran an extraordinary race to win at Bath last time, almost failing off at halfway before sweeping around the field to win going away. Is 3lbs well in here based on revised ratings, and gets the best amateur jockey in the race. The likely fast pace and long wide straight shousld suit if he repeats his Bath tactics.
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