The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Scour Mear, (1510 Naas), 1pt win, 9/2 generally available
Easy to label as disappointing having gone 15 runs without a win, but is regularly highly tried. His last run was fair in the big Paddy Power chase at a 3m trip that’s a bit of a stretch. Was previously a fair 6th in a top Navan handicap. Has dropped a couple of pounds, drops in class and distance, and has his best winning chance for some time. A big win here and he may just reach the lower edges of a Cheltenham Festival handicap which could be a lively option for those of us who recall his fast finishing fifth in Supasundae’s Coral Cup.
Debuchet, (1310 Naas), 2/1: a novice who offers a severe contradiction. On one level deeply disappointing that a horse who was second in a Cheltenham Festival bumper and 9th in a Suprem Novice there last year remains a maiden after six hurdle runs over two seasons. Three of those were respectable Grade 1 efforts – the others poor runs in lesser company. A mark of 139 should make this a formality, the odds betray the horse’s maddening inconsistency. That all said, he’s surely worth one more go in this company.
She’s Made It, (1540 Naas), 5/1: plenty of pace on here should offer up a true run race. That should suit this mare who has been a beaten favourite on her last 4 runs edging up 8lbs in the process. Has been outfought in a finish, but this may not be close if she can get the cover she needs.
Front View, (1610 Naas), 5/4: trainer Joseph O’Brien is having a superb season with his bumper horses especially successful. They often improve for a run and there is reason to think this fella should. He was 14l clear of the third at Gowran, albeit beaten 11l by the highly promising Blue Sari. JP has forked out big money to acquire that horse this week which can only illustrate the high view they most hold this guy in to figure Blue Sari was worth the price tag.
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