Nice runaway win for yesterday’s nap Le Reve (4/1). Let’s hope we can keep up the form with the week that’s ahead….
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Solomon Grey, (1425 Sandown), 1pt win, 8/1 generally available
The Imperial Cup is the traditional way to get us all at fever pitch for Cheltenham. Always competitive but to me this looks easier than the numbers suggest. Call Me Lord has a massive rating of 160, 8lbs higher than when runner up last year, looks sure to place but must be vulnerable. Lots of possible deadwood here, but Solomon Grey should have a huge chance. A good novice last year, he improved massively on his seasonal reappearance when runner up in the always top class Lanzarote Hurdle. He goes on the ground, stays well, and may improve further.
Before Midnight, (1350 Sandown), 10/1: this is always a competitive race in which it can be hard to carry a big weight in the mud. Trainer Henderson’s horses often seem to carry an extra burden, but Before Midnight looks well in here on handicap debut off just 128. A heavy ground bumper winner, he gets this rating off four decent novice runs, but may have more to give on this going.
Silver Forever, (1500 Sandown), 5/2: the only one of these mares to hold a Champion Bunper entry at Cheltenham shows the regard she is held in. Won effortlessly on soft on debut before getting outpaced on good ground, then winning under a penalty at Ascot. No penalties here, the ground should suit, and she can win in these shallower waters.
Clan Legend, (1520 Ayr), 13/2: loves the mud but has been on a high mark and failing to stay at longer trips. Handicapper has shown some leniency here, and lots of pace setters over this 2m could suit to perfection, with the more it rains the more perfect it gets.
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