Monday Yankee: Rate of progress…

Well after yesterday’s welcome winner burst, it’s an Irish and Scottish combination today…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Frame Rate, (1745 Musselburgh), 1pt win, 5/2:

His only win came at this course over hurdles, but he promised plenty when staying on well to chase home Elite Icon here last time.  At the revised weights it should be close, but favourite Tawseef should make this a bigger test of stamina and that looks sure to suit Frame Rate.

Colour Contrast, (1610 Musselburgh), 4/1:  five consecutive runner up spots for this perennial loser last summer tried the patience and we dropped him from our thoughts.  He finally won a race at the 31st time of asking on seasonal debut here recently, and has earned one last vote.  He travelled with customary ease then and finally scrambled home in front.  It may just be worth risking that he can do it again whilst in obviously sweet humour.

The Defiant, (1710 Musselburgh), 2/1:  carries a 7lb penalty for an impressive win here last time.  In theory that makes it close with the reopposing runner-up, but that ignores the early work The Defiant had to put in to grab the favoured stands rail despite an outside draw.  Much better berthed this time, the energy saved can be used to defy the weight rise.

Maeve’s Choice, (1810 Killarney), 13/2:  was a good winner of his last two and has to defy a weight rise accordingly.  That looks a bit stiff, but he looks to be progressing well and was probably an easier winner than it looked at Punchestown having to come again after losing momentum at the last.  Can complete the hat trick at the expense of some well backed unexposed types which are helping to make the market.

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