Friday Yankee: Samson can galvanise Nickel…

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NAP OF THE DAY: Silver Nickel, (1545 Ascot), 1pt win, 15/2:  

He showed the first hint of form when third on his final outing of last season.  Made his handicap debut here recently on his reappearance and although it was too little too late, his run into 4th up the home straight suggested he has a workable mark.  He should improve for that and looks likely to be well suited by the further step up in trip under good claimer Daniel Sansom.

Time Flies By, (1255 Ascot ), 5/4: basically a three way fight but Danny Kirwan, once the apple of our eye, has long since looked disappointing and hard to win with.  The Edgar Wallace may be more of a threat but the Henderson trained Time Flies By was a fair 5th on his second hurdles start in a Cheltenham Grade 2.  This is a big step down in class and he should be long odds on in our estimation.

Espoir De Guye, (1405 Ascot), 7/2:  flopped on his final start at the Cheltenham festival and has been given a break and a wind op since.  Prior to his blow-out he has been a deeply impressive winner here when sauntering home by 10 lengths in a strong handicap.  He has been lumped up the weights since, but this track rewards course specialism, and it wouldn’t be the first time trainer Venetia Williams finds further depth from her late-maturing chasing types.

Mr Muldoon, (1515 Ascot), 7/2:  Caltex should run well after a recent pipe-opener whilst the long absent Pure Vision returns for a red-hot yard.  But that all means we get a fair price on a novice making his handicap debut.  Mr Muldoon jumped like a pro on his winning chase debut and has previously won around here over hurdles.  He probably had the most scope here to improve well beyond his rating for a yard that likes to target this tracks for a few wins.

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