The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Court Frontier, (1550 Lingfield), 1pt win, 11/1 generally available
The Surrey National is a dizzying multi-Lap test through what is invariably a Lingfield bog. Not many will enjoy that test and whilst respecting Venetia’s lightly raced Royal Tara, and the mud loving Socksy, there is no way Christian Willams’ veteran Court Frontier should be such an outsider for this. He has plugged on gamely in his last three runs suggesting a trip like this will be ideal. His last marathon was a failure to compete in the 2017 Midlands National which came shortly after a 14l romp in the Cambridgeshire National on soft ground off 123. Now off 114 and back to this kind of trip he looks a live threat to Royal Gala and the pick at the prices.
Absolutely Dylan, (1500 Carlisle), 3/1: Has looked useful in his first four chase runs, mostly over a longer trip. This course tends to favour front runners and with the step back we expect this guy to get a pretty aggressive Danny Cook special and he will be very hard to pass. Favourite Native Robin is a horse we have napped twice, once successfully, and he looks only fairly handicapped at this stage and hence under-priced.
Camile, (1700 Newcastle), 5/2: formerly with Joseph O’Brien. Hasn’t seen an all weather flat surface but should be good for it on breeding. Has improved 18lbs over hurdles this winter doing incredibly well to win last time at Ayr having been badly hampered. It’s never a guarantee that this will translate to the flat, but off a mark of 59 she may only need a fraction of that hurdles improvement to land this with ease for top course jockey Fanning.
Equitation, (1900 Newcastle), 3/1: ran a blinder on return from a break last time when a close third to favourite here Outrage. A three pound pull should make it close, but any improvement from Equitation for that return should swing things his way. Also today’s 6f trip is much more his scene than the 5f last time when he was a fast finisher. That was his only ever run below 6f, in contrast Outrage’s 8 career wins have all been at 5f so the trip here may not be ideal for him.
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