It was a case of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly yesterday, not ideal for yankees, let’s aim for A Fistful Of Dollars today….
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Big Time Frank, (1450 Chepstow), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available
Has finished runner up now in 6 consecutive handicap chases, creeping up a stone in the weights. Sure to run a big race again, but now gets the services of champion Richard Johnson in the saddle, who rides Chepstow particularly well. Having come so close, Johnson may just be the missing ingredient to finally get his head in front.
Jimmy Bell, (1420 Chepstow), 4/1: jockey Richard Johnson can warm up for our Nap ride by urging maiden Jimmy Bell to success in this marathon hurdle. His best ever effort cam when runner up on Johnson’s only other appearance in the saddle, and now should be fully fit after two promising recent runs. Can best veteran American Life who would want it even softer.
Mercy Mercy Me, (1600 Chepstow), 5/4: ran 8th in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper last year and has been highly tried this season. There is a risk that this huge step down in class may not see him break his hurdles duck, but at any odds-against we have to back him on his Grade 1 Tolworth form to be far too much for this field.
Oneida Tribe, (1620 Haydock), 9/2: as a 10yo he gets into this veterans chase as a comparative youngster. He is only a fraction higher than when a double winner last season and is on the same mark as when a good 2nd at Warwick last time. That looks the best form on offer here and he can beat the admirable Dartford Warbler.
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