Friday Yankee: Lovely jubbly….

A nice winning nap yesterday for Assimile (10/3) at Southwell.  And from the ridiculous to the sublime….Cheltenham.

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Lovely Job, (1240 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 17/2 generally available 

The Cheltenham November meeting opens with a cracking staying chase for amateur riders.  This looks like a Goldilocks puzzle with market leaders For Good Measure, Station Master and Sky Pirate all relying on exceptional assistance from the saddle to overcome fencing inexperience, whilst the Waley-Cohen ridden The Young Master may have too much experience to surprise the handicapper.  In the middle is the in-form Fergal O’Brien’s Lovely Job.  He has enough experience to put to use but still looks progressive and Harding in the saddle is in the top echelon.  He ran nicely at Chepstow on comeback and this looks to have been targeted by the shrewd local yard.

Dream Du Grand Val, (1315 Cheltenham), 7/1:  plenty of guesswork here in a field of unexposed novices.  Favourite Dostal Phil looks obvious but is surely too short a price.  It might be worth a punt on Nicky Henderson’s French import Dream Du Grand Val.  He was a maiden in seven French runs but has been placed twice at Auteil, which is invariably good form.  His rating is an average one, if he adapts well to the Henderson touch it could be very generous.

Mr Whipped, (1425 Cheltenham), 3/1:  a strong early season novice chase and a high entry point for Henderson’s Mr Whipped.  He was a useful novice hurdler last year but is bred for chasing and it is potentially significant that his often cautious trainer is happy to set him loose here for his debut over the large obstacles

Josies Orders, (1500 Cheltenham), 9/4:  This cross country race should be one for Ireland.  Gordon Elliott has useful veteran Bless The Wings but he usually needs a run.  Gordon also has the hot favourite in National winner Tiger Roll.  He was recording a third festival win when cruising home in the cross country event here in March.  He deserves top billing but looks short as this is a seasonal debut where those same Spring targets are likely to be the priority.  Before Tiger Roll, Josies Orders was the big Irish cross country hope.  He has had a pipe-opener, has won here at this time of year, and gets  a big 15lb weight pull on festival form – he looks the better value.

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