Sunday Yankee: Henry the first…

Great to sign off the turf flat season in style when out 2pt nap took the November Handicap, with James Doyle steering On The Victory (10/1) to a cosy win. Now to the real business…the jumps…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Fitzhenry,  (1335 Navan), 1pt win, 8/1:  

This useful chaser is more deserving than most of a big prize having come a good second in this race last year and then getting mugged on the line in the Paddy Power over Christmas.  He ended the season with a never nearer 6th at Cheltenham and comes here after a typically quiet hurdles prep run.  Deserves a win and probably has had this in mind since the new year.

Sixshooter, (1300 Navan), 5/1:   Some decent festival performers here with Sire de Berlais, Ronald Pump and Supasundae but they have issues of sharpness, trip and age respectively.  Sixshooter may be up to 7lbs wrong in the weights, but he comes here on the up and with proven fitness, youth, and speed at the trip, and looks likely to upset his more illustrious rivals.

Singlefarmpayment, (1530 Sandown), 8/1:  the Arecibo of the national Hunt world – being a horse who we have followed over far too many cliffs.  In fairness we long gave up on him, but here we are again.  He has switched yards and is reunited with old pilot Heskin.  That may freshen him up and he has slipped to a handy rating.  Good ground is key but has been rare for him, his lifetime form jumping on good ground is 2312242.  Therein lies the tale as that includes several photo finish defeats and he is notoriously hard to win with.  This veterans chase may be just the dip in class he needs right now, he has often gone well fresh, and maybe Heskin can finally finesse a win.

King Alex, (1550 Navan), 4/1:  came back from a long break to win well on reappearance.  That may not have been the strongest of maidens but the handicapper has responded with a very modest rise and he sneaks in towards the bottom of the weights.  Should be capable of much better of progressing from that run and avoiding the dreaded bounce.

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