Friday Yankee: Champagne for starters…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:   Champagne Well, (1400 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 5/2: 

One of the better novices on form even though winless last year.  That included a disqualification, a cracking 3rd in the valuable EBF at Sandown and 6th in the Grade 1 Sefton at Aintree.  Trainer Fergal O’Brien likes a winner here and he can have too much class for the less convincing Braid Blue and the inexperienced L’Air Du Vent.

Lahore,  (1535 Doncaster), 11/2:  a super sprint handicap in which blog regular Pendleton can hold off Call Me Ginger in the 3yo contingent. But that may not be enough as Lahore is very decent in his day, ran a good 5th at York recently and has won on both previous trips to this course.

Atalanta’s Boy, (1635 Newbury), 4/1:  lots of in form sprinters here but it is the Menuisier trained 4yo Atalanta’s Boy that most catches the eye.  He has won 3 of his last 4, losing only when breaking a blood vessel at Chepstow.  Put that problem behind him with a smooth soft ground win at Goodwood and looks likely to get ideal conditions here.

Cobolobo, (1655 Cheltenham), 9/2:  lightly raced chaser with just three runs over fences.  He ran a useful sort to a short head on heavy on chasing debut before a good but lesser effort around sharp Wincanton.  Was a nap pick for us on his last run at Exeter and looked to be coming there strongly when unlucky to unseat.  Needs to avoid blunders here, but is on a clear winning mark if all goes well.

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