The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Rum Runner, (1845 Newcastle), 1pt win, 7/2:
We’d been waiting for this guy to find his form as he got very well handicapped for new connections. He duly won eventually here last time after we had lost patience, but that was a good win and the second has won since. A 4lb rise is very generous and still leaves his way below his youthful heights. He can follow up.
Dal Horrisgle, (1355 Exeter), 3/1: a Paul Nicholls trained bumper winner coming here from a promising second on hurdles debut is sure to be well fancied and Bravemansgame is duly odds-on. But that makes a price for useful flat horse Dal Harrisgle. Rated over 100 at his peak for William Haggas, he made a nice debut for Alan King after a wind op last time. Now tries hurdles and is surely the classiest act in this line up. The price is the risk that not all classy flat types make hurdlers, but King is one of the more adept trainers at that conversion and it may be worth taking the risk.
Greaneteen, (1435 Exeter), 2/1: this race is always a cracking early season event. This year it looks at the mercy of second season novices with Arkle chase credentials pitted against handicap form. Global Citizen came out best of these here who contested the Arkle and that would usually be the better form and he certainly has a big chance. That said, whilst we wouldn’t usually prefer handicap form, Greateneen’s Grand Annual run was truly eye-catching. We thought he had a lot of weight for a novice there but his 4th was the least he deserved having been the loser in scrimmages turning in. With the early season form of Nicholls a guaranteed plus, he can continue his rise through the ranks.
Fortescue, (1525 Exeter), 6/1: a competitive staying chase where we expect youth to come to the fore. Of the 6yos here, Killer Clown can be expected to make into a good chaser but is hugely inexperience having unseated at the second fence in his only chase. Fortescue is also 6, but was chasing last year with three wins including here last time. The Daly yard have started the season in good form and course specialism often means a lot around here.
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