The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Bachasson, (1420 Navan), 1pt win, 7/4 generally available
A handful of runners over 2m5f is a very different challenge to the big field 2m handicaps that favourite Off You Go has thrived in. In contrast, a neck defeat in a Grade 1 is Bachasson’s only defeat in 8 races featuring 6 or fewer runners. His win at Punchestown is working out well, and he really should be the favourite for this.
Geneva Barracks, (1455 Navan), 3/1: was a great winner for us last time with a hard fought win at Naas. Is only up 5lbs for that, and this looks a weaker race. Jockey Conor Brassil continues to claim a useful couple of pounds, and the yard remains in excellent form.
Champagne Classic, (1525 Navan), 13/8: this race revolves around the Bounce Theory. Champagne Classic was a Grade 1 winning novice hurdler beating stayers champ Penhill, but he was over 18 months off before running a blinder in chase debut at Naas. He has only a fraction to find to overturn the form there with Chris’s Dream. If he progresses for the run then this should be there for the taking. If he “bounces” then he will disappoint. We’ll trust Gordon Elliott whose first claim to fame was bringing back Silver Birch from injury to win a National.
I’m Not Alone, (1630 Navan), 6/1: lightly raced and, after a poor handicap debut, appeared to show significant improvement at Naas in a maiden just before Christmas. The extra distance here looks likely to help given the manner in which she stayed on at Naas. Ricky Doyle utilises a very good 5lb claim and any market support would be telling given her connections.
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