Saturday Yankee: You can’t stop Theclock…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Theclockisticking, (1545 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available

This strapping chaser-to-be performed well in his first season hurdling, and has opened his campaign this season with two good early season efforts staying on well over shorter trips.  This is his first effort at 3 miles, a test that he looks built and bred for.  He may just have a touch more class than his opponents here on a track that emphasises class.

Braqueur D’Or, (1400 Cheltenham), 7/1:  lots with chances here, but Paul Nicholls has his team in characteristically strong early season form and Braqueur D’Or looks a likely sort.  Loves good ground and the Autumn, and is a generous 4lb lower than when placed in the Ladbroke Trophy last year.  Has had a wind op since last seen and looks set to go well.  Doesn’t have course form but looks a versatile sort.

Bigmartre, (1510 Cheltenham), 3/1:  no apologies for tipping my good friend Phil’s excellent chaser (except perhaps to Phil !!).  There are doubts – his rating seems no more than fair, and the course still remains unproven despite a good run for a long way here at the Festival.  But the race has cut up into a very winnable one, tactically he can sit on or close to trailblazer Foxtail Hill,  he jumps superbly (touch wood) which is invaluable here, and he has won on the all of his seasonal debuts.  Good luck Phil.

Camacho Chief, (1525 Doncaster), 10/1:  plenty with chances in this big sprint.  We love Tarboosh but he has edged a bit high, whilst Abel Handy looks a big player, and Diamond Douglas also if travelling up from yesterday’s Newbury effort.  But all may struggle to cope with rapidly improving 3yo Camacho Chief.  He has struck up a great partnership running from off the pace under useful apprentice Paula Muir.  Ran a blinder to go close at York last time where such tactics rarely work.  Can go one better here.

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