The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Distingo, (1745 Kempton), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available
Not seen on the flat seen his days in France, but is a 136 rated hurdler and fit from his latest jumping campaign. A North American breeding line suggests this surface should be ideal and a rating of 70 will looks very good if he translates that hurdling ability. Well worth a punt.
Diggin Deep, (1335 Doncaster), 5/1: hadn’t shown much over the years in Ireland but improved dramatically when brought over to Musselburgh for. Good ground 3m handicap. A very smooth winner there he went close trying to follow up in a shorter Newcastle event on a softer surface. Has been put up the weights accordingly, but looked to have a ton in hand at Musselburgh and these conditions should be a fair match for what he faced that day.
Plantagenet, (1515 Doncaster), 9/4: we’ve been on this habitual front runner a few times over hurdles but missed his return to chasing at Taunton last time when a fluent winner. That bold front running style can suit this course and put a lot of pressure on inexperienced opponents.
Ventriloquist, (1915 Kempton) 5/1: was well backed to return to form dropped in class at Lingfield last time. Lost out narrowly in a tight finish and is the form horse here along with recent winner Chetan. In Chetan’s favour is a history of winning in bursts, but a wide draw will be a big challenge for his inexperienced rider, and the more professional claims of Ventriloquist should be enough to see him home.
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