The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Foreign Legion, (1855 Chelmsford), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
Has been given a classic handicap prep by his young trainer. Didn’t see the track til September, then three quick maidens including runs over a wholly unsuitable 12f. A 5f slighter on handicap debut showed promise, and two runs at an ideal 7f since have shown even more. His run last weekend was his best yet and he looks to be coming to the boil here.
Sliding Doors, (1345 Ludlow), 7/2: showed loads of promise on handicap debut at Aintree. Couldn’t get a blow in when dropped in trip and raised in class at Cheltenham although 7th there was no disgrace. A few tricky opponents here, but none that would aspire to running at Cheltenham and if he can tap back into that Aintree form back on a flat track, up in trip and down in class then he can prevail.
Mr Strutter, (1400 Southwell), 15/8: been around the block but hadn’t seen the Fibresand until an average effort here in November. Left that well behind him when overhauling perennial pacesetter First Excel to register an easy success. This looks a rematch and the 7lb swing may not be enough to change the outcome especially with the useful Olly Stammers claiming 7lbs back off Mr Strutter.
Razin’ Hell, (1435 Southwell), 7/2: prolific winner here when able to dominate. Struggled to do that off a mark of 80 in early 2018, and after a break has run badly in three efforts at other tracks. If we can put that down to the surface, then his return to the beloved sands of Southwell now comes with some uber generous handicapping that sees him here off just 65. Worth risking off that mark.
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