The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: The King’s Writ, (1350 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
Jumps up in class after a tidy win at Exeter. Was best at the end of that race and has winning form at 3 miles – which will help over this stiff track. Looks to be improving, has the physique to be much better as a chaser and this looks very much a sighter for the Festival.
Enola Gay, (1315 Cheltenham), 9/2: we’ve backed this guy twice for narrow defeats. He is massively raised in class which is certainly a challenge, but it also means he runs off a flat 10st and the weight receipt could be crucial. Jockey James Bowen is particularly strong in the saddle and the race may not be as strong as it looks at first glance.
Elegant Escape, (1425 Cheltenham), 11/4: a well matched field on ratings except for Frodon who is favourite and rated clear – but that is mostly 2m4f form and he has to vulnerable at this trip. Elegant Escape earned his rating the hard way, under a big weight at Chepstow in the Welsh National. He looks the most likely to enjoy this trip, with the question mark posed by the impact of that testing last run. Let’s trust trainer Tizzard, and hope last year’s Festival third can add another timely tribute to his easy conqueror there, Presenting Percy.
Dingo Dollar, (1515 Doncaster), 11/4: Trainer Alan King has a fantastic record at this track and in this race. His Dingo Dollar looked a likely winner of the top class Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury until fading late on for third. That is still superb form, he has won here before, and should love the conditions. He runs off the same rating and will surely be tough to beat.
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