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The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Seemingly So, (1450 Ayr), 1pt win, 5/2 generally available
Lightly raced maiden hurdle winner who made a reasonable handicap debut at Market Rasen when fourth from off the pace in a race where it paid to be near the front. His mark of 120 looks very fair and it will be disappointing if he isn’t rated somewhat higher in time. Has travelled a long way to take on a modest field of locally trained runners and can prosper in these shallower waters.
Oh Land Abloom, (1545 Uttoxeter), 5/2: looks fairly treated on 132 having been runner up in his last three hurdles off 129, 131 and 132. Those last two have been decent races at Warwick where he has looked to do it the hard way from the front. This course can suit that tactic, and he drops in class to give weight to lesser horses. Again gets Jack Andrews’ useful 7lb claim and will be hard to catch.
Plantaganet, (1605 Plumpton), 7/2: this staying chase for amateurs may be all about the fit. Favourite Clondaw Bistro has the experience in the saddle but he rarely races with enthusiasm and could be a tricky ride, whilst Midnight Bliss has shine under Bryony Frost but could find things harder under the less experienced jockey today. Plantagenet however just loves to bowl along in front. An uncomplicated ride on a track that suits pacesetters he should be a fair fit for his young rider who has one win in five rides so far.
Liusduin Bhearna, (1625 Ayr), 7/4: makes the long journey up from the Cotswolds for shrewd trainer Fergal O’Brien. Makes a handicap debut off a god looking mark of 115. Got a pasting over a longer trip at Chepstow last time, but the winner there followed up in easy fashion in a good race on Saturday off 129 suggesting Luisduin’s mark could have significant mileage in it. Gets the ever reliable Paddy Brennan doing the steering.
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