The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Native Robin, (1525 Fontwell), 1pt win, 9/4 generally available
Jeremy Scott’s handicap chase comes here in career best form having won very smoothly at Fakenham before just being oustayed around tough Exeter by a potentially well handicapped rival. Back on a more suitable track and with no such obvious rival, he looks a good thing off a similar mark.
Steel Native, (1330 Ffos Las), 5/1 : the market leaders here offer contrasting claims. Cottonvale is a case of might have been, falling at the last at Hereford when set to beat some in form horses. That was a heavy fall and this will be a first crack at Ffos Las. For those reasons we prefer Steel Native, a regular here who won over fences last time. That doesn’t always translate back to hurdles but he did step away from chasing for one hurdle run here last winter to win off 98, so this mark of 100 looks favourable.
Midnight Bliss, (1425 Fontwell), 3/1: won her first two chases and just pipped in the third under front running Bryony Frost rides. Couldn’t dominate last time after his amateur rider lost an iron at an early fence and was pulled up. Back with Bryony, back at a front runners paradise, and with no obvious pace challenge she could eek out one more win from the his mark.
Chief Brody, (1505 Ffos Las), 13/2: won by miles on stable debut last spring, and ran well twice off this higher mark in the autumn, plugging on at Lingfield last time like this extra trip could suit. Didn’t travel through that race with his previous ease, and this flatter track may help in that regard. If he refinds his cruising speed then he may still have some extra class in this grade.
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