Saturday Yankee: Back a winner?

After the Lord Mayor’s Show perhaps, but still some good Saturday racing to help nurse the Cheltenham hangover (probably literally – thankfully not financially).

The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY:  Back To The Thatch, (1535 Uttoxeter),  1pt win, 12/1 generally available.

If at first you don’t succeed…..we tipped this horse for this race last year when he disappointed badly and pulled up.  Maybe he hates the place, but more likely a tough schedule that had seen a good Chepstow win on heavy and then a fall when going well in the gruelling Eider, also in heavy, just took their toll.  Trainer Henry Daly seems to think so as he is happy to come back, and having not run since the turn of the year he is ensuring the tank is well and truly full.  He was only 6 last year, and now looks to be maturing and should have plenty of improvement still to be unlocked at these marathon trips.  Champ Dickie Johnson gets the ride and they can better last year’s runner up Milansbar and Bryony Frost, and useful mare Miss Parfois.

Woulduadamandeveit, (1350 Uttoxeter),  5/2:  this race is exclusively for lady riders, and this is a distinctly mixed ability class.  Bryony Frost is by far the best , but her mount is 8lbs worse off with Woulduadamandeveit despite finishing 8l behind that one at Exeter.  Indeed the handicapping of Woulduadamandevit looks excessively generous given his form, and Lucy Gardner is pretty capable and value for her 3lbs in this context.

My Way, (1440 Kempton), 3/1:   trainer Paul Nicholls has proven himself adept at targeting this Cheltenham spill-over meeting.  This race is for horses who missed the cut for the Coral Cup, and whilst top-weight Burrow’s Edge is clearly interesting, you have to feel that Nicholls would have only entered the 121 rated My Way with this race in mind given he would have had no chance of making the festival race off that mark.  On his handicap debut here after some decent novice efforts, he is well experienced from racing in France in his youth and looks very well in.

Onefortheroadtom,  (1515 Kempton),  5/2:   a promising point-to-point winner, he has often suggested he has more to give over hurdles and fences, and whilst a well held 6th last time, that was in a particularly good Cheltenham race.  Dropped to a mark of 122 looks pretty generous treatment, and the booking of Barry Gerraghty is a post-Festival bonus.

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