Saturday Yankee: Back Gulliver on his travels…

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NAP OF THE DAY: Gulliver, (1815 Curragh), 2pts win 10/1:

The favourite and top weight Urban Beat may be better at 5f, whilst ex-English Laugh A Minute is as talented as he is unreliable. You couldn’t say that of Gulliver though, who always gives of his best. Just about weighted to his limit in England where he was a fine 4th in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time, he makes the trip over with an excellent 5lb claimer booked. That leaves on the same net mark as when last in Ireland when a close third to Buffer Zone and Make A Challenge – form which looks golden in hindsight. There are plenty of targets near home for a classy sprinter like this, so take the hint that the in form O’Meara yard make the effort to cross the sea.

Caradoc, (1430 York), 6/1: a superb edition of the John Smith’s Cup. We have already backed Solid Stone, Fifth Position, Harrovian and Desert Icon in success this season and backed Pivoine when he won this last year. Despite that we desert the lot of them as we feel that last year’s Newbury 1-2 Caradoc and Great Example are the two to focus on. Caradoc has the benefit of a run this year when promising at Epsom, Great Example has the benefit of the Fallon 3lb claim. It could come down to luck in running, but Caradoc’s run style could be best suited to this big field and we trust James Doyle to weave his way through for a win.

Repartee, (1600 Newbury), 13/2: the leading 3yo here against the older brigade. We love Summerghand and he could go really well here, but the youngster Repartee may be too classy receiving the weight allowances under Atzeni. He looked very good with a cosy Windsor win last time and there must be loads more to come from him as he progresses. Listen for the howls of anguish from Lapoftheodds Towers if Summerghand hits the front, but we’ll take the promise of youth on this occasion.

Owney Madden, (1610 York), 7/1: another chance to back youth, with this fella the only 3yo in this field. Had a busy 2yo campaign which included winning a 20 runner event here off a mark of 80. Now only up to 86, his comeback run at Chelmsford recently was a fair effort at a track that wouldn’t suit as well. Held up there, he didn’t get a very clear run and stayed on late for 6th. This straight track is much more his scene and the 3lb claim of Cieren Fallon has long since been filed under “gift”.

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