Sunday Yankee: One for the money?

After 33/1 and 7/1 winning naps, the gauntlet is down to try and land the nap-trick….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Onefortheroadtom, (1210 Leopardstown), 1pt win, 11/2:


Very few English trained runners make the trip to this festival, but trainer Harry Fry has sent over a couple for JP McManus.  His mare was a good third here earlier in the week and this gelding could go two better.  He has run with credit in two strong staying handicaps at Cheltenham and this is a distinct drop in class.  The relative merits of a Irish and English ratings is rarely explored at this level, but the 3lb lower rating in Ireland makes him look potentially well in.  Stays further than this but the tiring ground can blunt the others’ speed, and let his stamina and class win the day.

Maire Banrigh, (1225 Doncaster), 2/1:  hasn’t seen the track that frequently, but has now won four in a row.  She jumped with particular fluency last time and that front running bold jumping style can be very effective here, particularly in novice company.  She has more weight to carry here, but the careful manner in which her targets are selected suggests the Skeltons feel she is more than up to it under these conditions.

Minella Indo, (1355 Leopardstown), 2/1:  A cracking grade 1 novice chase for stayers.  It’s hard to crab the claims of Battleoverdoyen, whilst we have eyes for Carefully Selected as a possible Cheltenham winner at a marathon trip.  But both have a job against the immensely promising Minella Indo.  He won the staying novice hurdles at both Cheltenham and Punchestown last year whilst looking every inch an embryonic chaser.  He ran well over too short a trip on chasing debut and should be primed for this.

Lady Buttons, (1335 Doncaster), 3/1:  very little on ratings between the top four in the betting for this good mares’ chase.  The key is the course as Donny particularly suits a certain type of horse.  Lady Buttons fits that bill perfectly having won this race last year as part of a course record that reads 4111.  This is a tougher race, but she has a touch of class under the right conditions and can use that to win here.

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