Monday Yankee: Lucky Heather?

Two nap fallers in a row- best get it out of the system before next week !!!…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Ask Heather, (1500 Leopardstown), 1pt win, 5/2 generally available 

Anyone in the Dublin area can testify to 24 hours of horrible rain and snow.  That should make this a gruelling test.  Of the three runners here who have all been successful naps for us recently, the rain cannot help Diggin Deep, the rise in weight and class may be too much for Cher Why Not, so Lady Writer makes the most appeal.  But winning pointer Ask Heather was an impressive winner switched back to hurdles last week.  The ground was officially good but plenty of late rain softened it up. She should cope with these conditions and a 4lb rise is nothing.

Sil Ver Klass, (1430 Leopardstown), 11/2:  favourite Commandant is by Presenting whose stock have a bias towards good ground.  It’s likely to ride pretty soft, and this guy’s form figures with any kind of soft are F9F80PP.  Sil Ver Klass by contrast won an 18 runner Limerick race on heavy, and was an excellent 4th after 5 months off on soft at Gowran.  Young jockey there, Robbie Power here, suggests business.  As with any Tony Martin runner, the market is sure to be a good guide.

Captain Drake, (1555 Southwell), 5/2: makes his handicap debut after a good win in the Uttoxeter mud.  The second there has won since and is now rated 120, so if the Captain can find anticipated progress for this longer trip then today’s mark of 121 should be very generous against modest opposition.

Rodeo Dodo, (1700 Southwell), 2/1:  had been nearly 18 months off the track before returning at Wetherby recently.  Made favourite in a 17 runner field suggesting he had been showing something at home, and whilst only a narrow winner the front three pulled well clear.  Can follow up, with the main threat being the dreaded bounce factor.  Worth it at the price.

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