Saturday Yankee: Highway to heaven?

After yesterday’s cracking nap success, we’re hoping to mine a few more nuggets from an exciting Saturday card….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Dalton Highway, (1435 Leopardstown), 2pts win, 7/1:

This useful flat stayer, rated 86 in that discipline, remains very unexposed as a hurdler having had only one handicap start when staying on nicely for 4th in a good Galway festival 2m race.  Based on his flat exploits and on that run, the extra distance here should suit, whilst the track here can emphasise his flat speed too.  With yesterday’s hero Jack Kennedy aboard he looks a good price to land this prize.

The Jam Man, (1250 Leopardstown), 8/1:  This race is legendary for finding the winner of this series at Cheltenham although usually in a quietly ridden 4th here.  The roguish Scoir Mear is very tempting at a huge price, but this is more likely to rest between Navan 1-2 The Jam Man and Tout Est Permis.  The 7lb weight pull for 3l appears to have put the latter to the head of the market here, but our impression was that The Jam Man won that event quite easily, and if anything his smooth style will suit this track even more.  He looks a fair price to continue his meteoric rise under the excellent Jamie Codd.

Alaho, (1325 Leopardstown), 7/4: we’re form book first, but occasionally you see a horse in the flesh that can just bowl you away on looks.  The young Sprinter Sacre was just that, and few horses since have impressed on looks as much as Alaho.  He was a very good novice hurdler last year but you’d expect that was just a foretaste of what lies ahead chasing.  He makes his debut in that sphere here, and although there are some classy types in opposition, he was the best of these hurdling by 4lbs and that gap can only grow, starting here.

Minella Times, (1450 Limerick), 4/1: well bred gelding who looked a little frustrating in novice events but came good in style when overcoming trouble to land a good event at Navan.  A 6lb rise looks more than manageable.  A distant running on 3rd at Navan was Glenloe who followers will know we have tipped up for Cheltenham glory.  That’s on the basis of 3m being more suitable and although we think and hope he runs well here, he shouldn’t be bettering Minella Times at this trip.

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