Friday Yankee: Cheltenham Away day…

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NAP OF THE DAY:   No Getaway, (1540 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 6/1: 

It’s not often that Hereford form is put to the test at Cheltenham, but No Getaway’s romp in a low key event down the road may well have been indicative of a horse on the improve.  This step up in trip, and possibly testing conditions in the last race of a rainy day, look ideal for a close relative of National winner One For Arthur.

Ecu De La Noverie, (1320 Cheltenham), 11/2:  two 4yos ride high in the market here.  Never Adapt looks incredibly well handicapped but was far too free in her only run last year and that could be an issue first time back.  Fanfan Du Seuil ran 5th here at the festival but that may not have been the best of races.  With rain forecast, we prefer the older and stronger Ecu De La Noverie who has been chasing this last year but may still be unexposed as a hurdler.  His amateur rider is getting better in the saddle and the horse has a rugged galloping style that could suit here if the rain gets through the surface.

West Approach, (1430 Cheltenham), 4/1:   Has been in good form especially when winning under a cool Robbie Power here two runs back.  Strictly on handicapping may struggle to confirm with some of these, but will handle any softening better than most, and gave the impression that there are untapped depths now that tactics have been established.  Unseated at Newbury last time but should be ok here at what is likely to be a slower pace.

Easysland, (1505 Cheltenham), 5/1:  favourite Yanworth could be a class apart here, but he was unreliable over standard obstacles and we wouldn’t be in a rush to trust him in this cross country circus.  French horses dominated the race over this course last month and their 4 entries look the way to go here.  David Cottin runs two, Amazing Comedy looks each way gold on his previous runs here, but youngster Easysland is the apple of the trainer’s eye, and as long as his inexperience doesn’t catch him out then he can put down a marker here as the challenger to the currently absent Tiger Roll come the festival.

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