The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Oighear Dubh, (1515 Cork), 1pt win, 10/1 generally available
The Cork National looks long on hairy old chasers and short on youthful talent. 10yo favourite Rogue Angel should be beatable, and whilst the Mullins trained Minella Beau is an obvious contender, it’s fellow 7yo Oighear Dubh who catches our eye. He’d been running quietly well on both sides of the Irish Sea until hinting at better in a conditions race at Limerick and then running a massive race at Cheltenham last time when set to win a good handicap before ducking out through some loose tape when clear after the last. On that run he’s well in here, and provided it’s not too soft he should be backed to make amends.
Bako De La Saulaie, (1440 Carlisle), 11/2: this guy promised much in his novice year last season but narrowly remains a maiden over fences. Ran nicely on reappearance over too short a trip and now reverts to a more suitable distance. Could have a good year in northern staying events and can kick off with a win here.
Darebin, (1450 Huntingdon), 5/2: had a busy novice year winning 2 of 11 runs. They both came off higher marks than today’s, he looked good on a decent comeback until tiring late on, and his stable is in better form now that at any point last year. Can outclass a modest field.
Uradel, (1500 Naas), 8/1: a good mix of some of the best staying Irish and UK form and thus inevitably a massed rank of Willie Mullins trained contenders. We think Willie can take this with one of Limini, Stratum or Uradel. On form last time in the Cesarewich it has to be second home there Uradel. That was superb form and although he is up 8lbs and down in trip, the ground should suit, the jockey is excellent, the draw is kind, and he is our idea of Willie’s best hope, which should be enough.
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