Saturday Yankee: Diva believer…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Happy Diva, (1440 Newbury), 1pt win,  5/1 generally available 

This mare is hard to assess having run in 12 chases but only 3 handicaps, being brought down travelling well in the BetVictor, then a close 2nd to Ryanair bound Aso, before 3rd in a race blown apart by the stunning Cyrname. She just might be better than her rating, and this race doesn’t look like it has a Cyrname or Aso to beat.

Abolitionist, (1405 Newbury), 4/1:   a major Grand National fancy and a big run here would do a lot to underscore those Aintree credentials.  Has only run once since an Irish National 3rd for his previous trainer, that was his debut for Dr Newland at Aintree over hurdles where he made most to win easily.  Has to defy a much higher chasing mark here, but could improve again for this yard and looks to have been campaigned to protect his Aintree mark.  No need to protect that any more now the weights are framed, so let’s see what he’s got.

Flying Tiger, (1510 Newbury), 10/1: We are extremely patient, and are needing to be for this former Cheltenham Festival winner. Finds an easier race here than those he has been contesting, and ran ok in a big Ascot race, and looked likely to place in a nice race at Taunton until unseating whilst avoiding a faller. Can enjoy this drop in grade and has an interesting jockey booking.

Looking Well, (1535 Doncaster), 5/1:  far from the most consistent staying chaser in training.  Trying to find the key that unlocks his form is tricky, but he won well here on god ground last time, and was set to win over 4m at Kelso before that when falling.  So this longer trip on good ground should suit – if he fancies it.  Hopefully a going day, in which case he has a good chance.

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