The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Getaway Trump, (1520 Ascot), 2pts win, 3/1 generally available
Paul Nicholls’ novice looks a fast improver to us. Beaten by Cheltenham favourite Champ in a slowly run 2m4f Challow hurdle last time, this smooth traveller looks much more likely to be suited by a fast run 2 miles on a stiff track- which he gets here today. The main rival is fellow novice Al Dancer, whilst blog favourite William H Bonney has a lively outside chance. But this Trump looks likely to be a popular winner.
Monalee, (1430 Gowran Park), 1/1: it’s not often we’d see even money as value but it surely is for Monalee here. This is his trip and he is the younger horse here against three opponents all of whom have had recent struggles with injury. Only Killultagh Vic looks a danger at this trip, and whilst at his best he may have a marginal class edge on Monalee, it’s been a while since we saw that best over fences.
Dawn Raider (1505 Gowran Park), 13/2: we had hoped to see Presenting Percy at Gowran, but at least his shrewd trainer offers us an alternative betting prospect in Dawn Raider. Very much a nearly horse to date, but his trainer knows how to find improvement, he has had a crucial mid winter break, and freshened up here and with the divine skills of Davy Russell in the saddle he looks to have a chance to finally break a sequence of places with a win.
Ah Littleluck, (1535 Haydock), 16/1: manages to come here as a relatively unexposed novice at the age of 9. Had good staying handicap hurdle form last year off this type of mark, winning at the Fairyhouse festival and placed at Aintree. Had a mainly disappointing summer novice chase campaign, but looked a different horse when sauntering home in a novice at Navan recently after a 3 month break. This mark demands his best, but with the class of race he gets in on a featherweight and if his jumping holds up he looks a really interesting challenger.
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