Very close yesterday where a change in tactical luck could have bagged a big return, and now the last chance of the year to lodge some profits (we’ll avoid the arguments of date pedantry in suggesting decade)….
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Burlesque Queen, (1415 Punchestown), 1pt win, 5/2:
This bang in form mare ran a personal best when just touched off last time here. She is up just 5lbs for that even though that 2nd of 15 was 16l ahead of the 3rd. Furthermore, the winner there followed up by making all in the ultra-competitive Pertemps qualifier at Leopardstown a few days ago, suggesting there is good reason to think this mare is very well in. The course clearly suits and she can win if reproducing that effort.
Ontheropes, (1205 Punchestown), 13/2: an intriguing beginners chase. Warm favourite Early Doors did us a huge favour at Cheltenham last year, but he was error strewn at Galway in the Summer on chasing debut, and on return here we wonder if there isn’t an eye to getting him well in for Cheltenham again. If so then the door is ajar to an improver, and although Ontheropes was well beaten on chasing debut, he comes from the best yard, is well bred, and has substantial scope to improve. He can mop up whilst the favourite is still getting some quiet practice.
Urtheonethatiwant, (1435 Warwick), 6/1: reasons to doubt the two market leaders here over this marathon trip. No such doubts for Jeremy Scott’s 6yo who stayed on really well to win nicely at Ludlow last time. Was running well here earlier in the year until a calamitous error, and can take full advantage here of the useful 7lb claim of Bryan Carver.
Wireless Operator, (1540 Warwick), 5/1: a useful looking bumper, but newcomer Wireless Operator makes loads of appeal. Beautifully bred by Presenting out of the full sister of Voler La Vedette, he also represents the Ben Pauling yard that has surged back to form after a long fallow period. He has some experienced horses to beat but Pauling preps his bumper horses well (he trained Barters Hill to win a Newbury bumper where Buveur D’Air was 2nd and Altior 3rd).
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