Pesky flat season, we take 8 months to find our feet landing a nice nap with Lord Oberon, and then they stop til March !!
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Asylo, (1245 Sandown), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
Dr Richard Newland is a trainer very adept at improving new recruits and very capable of having horses fit on debut. In Asylo he has picked up a horse handicapped on his form for a small northern yard. A mark of 120 could be quite generous, the Dr should be able to find improvement on only his 3rd hurdle run, and Charlie Hammond claims a useful three pounds.
Dentley De Mee, (1315 Sandown), 4/1: goes here for the small but excellent Nick Williams yard. Was an active and useful novice hurdler last year in which his career highlight was a superb second in the super competitive EBF final on this track. He returned with a good second recently and now makes his chasing debut off what looks an excellent mark.
Destrier, (1455 Sandown), 5/1: a competitive looking handicap but could lie between two lightly raced novices of last year in Destrier and Don’t Ask. Both stables are in fine form, neither horse has been tested in a handicap, and both have tremendous scope. Don’t Ask was tried a couple of times over longer trips and this shorter trip may play more to Destrier’s speed on this occasion.
Rock Gone, (1525 Sandown), 10/3: as a 10yo he’s a relative youngster in this veterans race. He is another for Dr Newland, and ran full of promise when runner up in a good handicap at Ascot this time last year. He hasn’t been seen in the year since, but this is one of a handful of stables where such a stat is never a worry.
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