Saturday Yankee: The clue is in the name…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Pipers Note, (1455 Ripon), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available

Ripon legend Pipers Note gets a race named after him whilst still active and able to compete in his own race.  Eight times a course winner, he loves it here.  He has never won here at a double figure price and those eight wins have been preceded by a place or win on six occasions.  His second last time at Pontefract is therefore a huge pointer.  Yes he does most of his winning in mid Summer, but he has won here in April, and trainer Ruth Carr has surely prepped him early with this race in mind.  Low draws prevailed here recently and drawn in 4 he has pacesetter Sandra’s Secret in box 1 to help tow him in.  The legend is set to write another chapter.

Lord Oberon, (1405 Haydock), 5/1:  looked really progressive at the end of last season and may still have improvement in this mark.  Seems well suited by a bit of cut so the forecast night and morning of rain looks likely to turn the ground in his favour.

Talkischeap, (1535 Sandown), 8/1:  novices are often a good starting point in these end of season handicaps and it looks significant that trainer Alan King has patiently sidestepped Cheltenham, Aintree and Ayr to wait for this race with the promising Talkischeap.  In a mostly exposed group of older handicappers, he stands out as the one with potential to progress.

Wait For Me, (1715 Sandown), 4/1:  last won over hurdles in this race 2 years ago. Back to a similar mark on ground he loves having run with promise on his last three starts, he could well repeat the dose.  Champion jockey Richard Johnson rides and will love to win this, the last race of the season, to finish on a high note.

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