The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Flying Tiger, (1550 Ascot), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available
A winner at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 134 he was sent off favourite at this year’s Festival for the ultra-competitive County Hurdle off a marknof 140. Things didn’t go so well, but once hurdle race afterwards and two doomed attempts at novice chasing sees him back down to 133 for this return to hurdling. Champion Johnson is on board and he looks value for this weaker affair.
Thomas Darby, (1405 Ascot), 6/4: with due respect to some promising novices, this should be a match between recent winners Didtheyleaveuoutto and Thomas Darby. “Didthey..” was the better bumper horse with his only defeat a 10th at the Festival Bumper. But his hurdle debut was a scrambled affair at Fakenham. In contrast Thomas Darby opened his hurdles account with a cosy win at Cheltenham, where the second home has since won a good novice event last weekend. We’ll trust hurdles form to trump bumper form.
Ridgeway Flyer, (1440 Ascot), 13/2: Trainer Nicholls does very well here with his chasers and has a good chance with this fella on his second run after a wind op. He was a decent second on return and these conditions should suit. The top of the market looks fragile with Royal Regata favourite after a year off and three consecutive Ps.
Above Board, (1515 Ascot), 15/2: has toiled into the frame off this mark this summer. His 7th at Cheltenham last time came in a better race than this, and purely on that form he should have a squeak here. Barry Geraghty takes the ride for the first time in a year, and he can go close in a moderate field.
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