The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Glen Rocco, (1355 Sandown), 1pt win, 5/1 generally available
This chase course is a severe test of jumping, more so for novices like these. Whilst Glen Rocco’s chasing debut was an inauspicious first fence unseat, he was superb next time. He gets the help of double National champ Leighton Aspell who clearly has skills in negotiating tough jump tracks. His fellow market leaders are make chasing debuts, which may not be ideal around here.
Enola Gay, (1250 Sandown), 10/3: we’ll have an eye on super impressive Cap St Vincent, but forecast rain is unlikely to help. The opposite is likely to be true for French bred Enola Gay. He ran well on comeback where he may well have won. Trainer Venetia Williams usually waits until Feb before unleashing well handicapped horses, but this one looks primed to go now.
Mendip Express, (1500 Sandown), 4/1: has been mostly hunter chasing of late, but managed a fair 6th in a race like this last time. One of the few likely to enjoy the going and the track, he is regularly ridden by his enthusiastic owner, who is improving from a low point, but priced on the lows rather than the highs which are coming as the rider gets more experienced.
Zarrar, (2045 Kempton), 9/4: won by 8l here last week. Whilst that form may have detractors, it still was a massive step up. The 6lb penalty is 4lbs less than his new rating suggesting he is well-in here
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