Sunday Yankee: Go Cily at Thurles…

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NAP OF THE DAY:   Gwencily Berbas, (1550 Thurles), 1pt win, 8/1: 

He was potentially decent in the past, but last year was a write off.  That has left him well handicapped if he can rediscover his best.  There were signs of that with a 4th in the Munster National, but things haven’t worked out with an unlucky brought down and then a blow out over the Aintree fences.  This race should be more suitable and the 5lb claim of the excellent Conor McNamara is a gift.

Polished Steel, (1410 Thurles), 10/1:
  we backed this guy a few times last season but unfortunately ran out of patience before his long priced win in a 25 runner Punchestown festival handicap.  Has shown nothing yet this year but is now just 5lbs above that festival mark.  Jockey Robbie Power is a welcome sight and he did hit form around this time last season.  Looks a fair price in this company.

Diamond Brig, (1425 Ayr), 4/1:  a very useful hunter chaser who registered an impressive win on soft ground in 2018.  Made a belated return to the track after 18mths off in a debut handicap last time when running well before justifiably tiring late on.  Will need to be a lot fitter today,  but the trainer is in decent form and jockey Brian Hughes is a man possessed.

Aloomomo, (1510 Ayr), 6/4:  we took this fella on at short odds last time given his poor win record, but the switch to the yard of Sandy Thompson has worked the oracle and he was a very easy winner.  Went off 3/1 fav for a Cheltenham Festival handicap in his youth off a 23lb higher mark.  He may not be back at that level but he should have enough of the old fire to follow up that return to winning ways.

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