Nice to be on the right end of a couple of photo finishes yesterday, most notably when our nap, Joke Dancer (5/1), held on by a rapidly diminishing short head at Wetherby. That sets us on track for another nap-trick bid today…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Avoir De Soins, (1403 Lingfield ), 1pt win, 9/4:
Two run here off the back of good course runs. Away For Slates is up 3lbs for a good second but as a 10yo has limited scope to improve. Avoir De Soins won here over an extra half mile. He is up 6lbs, but as a lightly raced 6yo he has plenty of chance to improve. The yard remains in hot form, and this step back in trip should be negated by the likely testing surface.
Donnie Brasco, (1303 Lingfield), 5/1: an interesting novice event in which recent easy Bangor winner Tribesmans Glory is a worthy favourite. There may though be a dangerous dark horse here in Kim Bailey’s Donnie Brasco. We were on him when he was narrowly beaten over hurdles at Haydock last season, on which effort he looks well weighted here. Whatever he did over hurdles was likely to be a bonus as he is a big strapping type who was late to the racecourse and whose future has chasing writ large. With the stable in fine form, this first time over fences could be the value time to jump on board.
Noble Joshua, (1311 Taunton), 3/1: finally broke his maiden in Ireland for Gordon Elliott when winning over 3m on decent ground. Has tried to repeat that trick in two runs since for the Pipe yard with a good third then a second. These conditions remain ideal and he clearly has a winning chance and this race looks pretty light on threats. His jockey’s claim remains a pure gift.
Sheshoon Sonny, (1441 Taunton), 9/2: Nordic Combined is a course winner that makes appeal here, he ran well last time at Sandown but was passed late on by the staying on Sheshoon Sonny and this longer trip is likely to suit Alan King’s horse. He is very lightly raced but that last effort screamed promise and he is at the right end of the handicap to start to run up a sequence.
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