The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: The Bees Knees, (1605 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 4/1:
This fella absolutely romped home at Musselburgh last week. That doesn’t necessarily translate to Cheltenham, but he is 8lbs well in, and with that being only his third run over hurdles there is reason to believe he can improve again. Local trainer Fergal O’Brien has rarely left this meeting empty handed in recent years.
Induno, (1315 Cheltenham), 11/4: its tempting to go for old warrior Magic Dancer or the improving Castle Robin, but whilst he may not look value at first glance, favourite Induno has history very much on his side. The Pipe yard have long targeted this big meeting, and whilst they don’t have the same ammunition these days, this race in particular remains a key yard target. Induno is likely to have been trained for this from the moment David Pipe choked on his cereal when the handicapper gave him a mark of 115. A further 6lb claim for his good young jockey and he looks absolutely thrown in.
On The Slopes, (1430 Cheltenham), 7/2: ran well here on his recent reappearance when getting closest to handicap snip Rouge Vif. That closeness came on the run to the last and the effort told with a late fade that saw him drop a few places to 5th. He can reverse form with 3rd placed Beat The Judge now that he doesn’t have to grapple a monster for the last half mile and with the benefit of that run under his belt. He may be able to hold off the more exposed Magic Saint under that one’s big weight.
Does He Know, (1545 Cheltenham), 6/4: made a good impression when forging clear to win here last time. Has to defy a 3lb penalty but the guaranteed liking for the course and knowing he and his stable are in great form is enough to warrant favouritism against a relatively ordinary looking field for this grade of race. The Grand Visir would pick these up and carry them home in a flat race, but so far has looked appalled at the idea of hurdling.
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