The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Byron Flyer, (1425 Aintree), 2pts win, 3/1 generally available
We like the Ian Williams yard which remains in great form. Byron Flyer has just completed a hat trick of flat wins rising to a rating of 104. His last hurdle run was an excellent 5th at the Aintree festival off a 1lb higher mark in April 2017. He was rated 87 on the flat then, so if he can convert even a fraction of the 17lbs subsequent flat improvement back over hurdles then he should be a banker.
Settimo Milanese, (1315 Aintree), 4/1: Trainer Dr Richard Newland is adept at improving recruits and his Irish import Settimo Milanese has already registered two recent novice wins. This first venture into handicaps off a mark of 125 looks very workable with the form of his recent Southwell win already boosted by the third home. He could have too much in hand for some exposed opponents.
Beat That, (1350 Aintree), 5/2: had his finest hour when a Grade 1 winning novice hurdler at this track. Hasn’t hit those heights since but has made some progress over fences. His jumping can be literally hit and miss, and a bad mistake was his undoing at Chepstow last time. This flat track will help as will the smaller field as he will need to jump well over these stiff fences. A clean round should do it.
Flying Angel, (1500 Aintree), 5/1: was a grade 1 novice winner here in April 2017, narrowly beating today’s favourite Cloudy Dream. Flying Angel is 12lbs better off reflecting their very different campaigns last season. Cloudy has been co distantly good but is weighted and priced accordingly. Flying Angel needs to refined his form, but the season break may have helped and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is in typically strong Autumn form.
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