The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Ted Bach, (1555 Wincanton), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available
An open race, but three form horses look to hold the key. Micras may prefer this sharper track than Exeter which may help her close the gap with recent winner Ifandabut. Both though will struggle to hold Ted Bach. The best of his Irish form came on good ground, which makes his UK and stable debut win on soft at Fontwell particularly impressive. Up 5lbs looks fair, Paddy Brennan keeps the ride, and he looked like there was plenty in the tank for this better surface.
Dentley De Mee, (1450 Wincanton), 5/2: A quality field for a midweek Wincanton handicap, but still a great chance for Dentley De Mee to break his chasing duck. He had been a steady improver in novice company until running his season’s best at Cheltenham last time when staying into fourth in a handicap that is an annual form gold mine. This is a step down in class and he can take full advantage of his rider’s 7lb claim.
Royal Reserve, (1620 Musselburgh), 5/2: rated pretty high on the flat at 89, and showed the first sign of converting that to hurdles form with a tidy win at Newcastle off 113. Just 5lbs higher here even though the 2nd, 3rd and 5th from Newcastle have won since. Should go in again.
Rampant Lion, (1900 Kempton), 5/1: won his only previous run here, form which is holding up well. Has only been raised 4lbs for that and can be forgiven defeat at Lingfield since. Has been freshened up since and looks likely to go well under David Probert. Whilst favourite Intrepidly has clear claims, he looks hugely overrated in the market.
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