Thursday Yankee: Pot hunting…

A nice battling win for yesterday’s Nap Where’s Jeff (5/1 SP, 6/1 advised), who held off the oppo in the run to the line at Carlisle.

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NAP OF THE DAY: Potenza, (1925 Leicester), 1pt win, 11/4:

Plenty of unexposed types from decent stables in this 3yo handicap. That means danger, but it also helps prop up the price of form horse Potenza. No need to rely on possibilities with this one as he was an easy winner just last week at Newmarket. Picks up a penalty but is 2lbs well in based on the new mark he will be getting for that win and he can follow up here for his useful small stable and talented apprentice.

War Diary, (1845 Curragh), 5/1: is by far the least exposed runner here having had just the three runs, the latest an easy win in a Clonmel maiden. Hard to assess but its is possible that a mark of 80 significantly under-rates his potential and he gets plenty of weight from more exposed types. The smaller field than could have been expected helps for a horse whose inexperience is probably his biggest danger.

Rapid Reaction, (1945 Curragh), 18/1: any number of useful UK raiders for this valuable prize and they are headed by blog favourite and tough front runner El Astronaute. He must go close after a listed win in Cork last time, but this mark of 106 has usually proven to be 4 or 5lbs too much. Of those that chased him in Cork, Smash Williams has a handy 2lb pull in the weights, but it’s outsider Rapid Reaction that really catches the eye. Sure, she was 2.5l behind El Astro, and that was still a lifetime best, but she gets an 8lb pull which should make them close, but also gets to use her good apprentice’s claim of a further 5lbs, which he wasn’t allowed in that listed event. That’s an aggregate 13lb pull for 2.5l, and although things are rarely that mathematical and El Astro is very hard to pass, the odds are simply far too long for the filly.

Kingfast, (2055 Leicester), 7/2: another winner from last week and he now seeks a hat-trick. He took a while to get going at Lingfield but was well on top at the end. This more conventional track might help him find top gear a bit quicker. Carries a penalty but is again 2lbs well in and may have more to offer away from Lingfield’s unbalancing cambers. A few dangers but he should have enough to strike again whilst the iron is hot.

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