The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Doubly Clever, (1440 Leicester), 1pt win, 10/1 generally available
The favourites in an open looking handicap make little appeal and that can open the door for a surprise. Doubly Clever was a useful summer hurdler in 2017 having been good enough to run 5th in the Fred Winter of 2016 off 135. He had a long lay off before a fair 3rd of 5 at Exeter on heavy ground he would have hated. Gets better ground here, and if he can come on for the run he could be dangerous off 126. Any market support could be telling.
Terry The Fish, (1510 Leicester), 15/8: only a 7yo with three chase runs, Jonjo O’Neill’s runner has bags more scope than a field of exposed opponents. That’s a recipe for success when we add in the best recent form, a close second at Market Rasen with the rest of the field trounced. Runs off the same rating and again available of the gold dust that is the trainer’s son’s 5lb weight claim. A strong favourite.
I See You Well, (1530 Plumpton), 11/4: some horses are better chasers than hurdles, and vice versa. The handicapper makes I See You Well a 9lb better chaser than hurdler – even though he is arguably well handicapped over fences. Given his issues have been jumping, it makes sense he switches to hurdles here. It is worth risking that his elevated chase rating just represents his physical improvement in the years since last hurdling and not specially an uplift that is obstacle specific.
Cucklington, (1600 Plumpton), 4/1: the key to this race may be a recent Fontwell contest. Winner then, Midnight Bliss looks likely to be taken on for the lead and doesn’t have Bryony in the saddle. It may pay to give the second there, Cucklington a chance off the likely strong gallop. The Tizzard team remains in great form and this can add to the tally.
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