Shame to see the mighty Altior withdrawn from the Tingle Creek this afternoon. We had been very tempted by the improving Greaneteen to spring a shock, but we can’t take the revised short odds, so it will be a case of watch and learn whilst letting fly in a few of the day’s big handicaps. Also good luck to our friend Phil who runs Bigmartre (Aintree 1220) where he can outrun his long odds under conditions that should be ideal.
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: The Bosses Oscar, (1308 Navan), 2pts win, 5/1:
Willie Mullins aims 7 at this valuable prize, and although 3lbs out of the weights, Maze Runner looks the most interesting after a recent comeback run on the flat. But whilst old rival Gordon Elliott runs just 3, but they include a fascinating and contrasting pair. We’ve dabbled in Shattered Love ante-post for Cheltenham’s Mares Chase, but she tries hurdling here for the first time in years off a 16lb lower mark made lower still by her jockey’s 7lb claim. That has to make her a big contender although she rarely tries this distance these days. We prefer her youthful stablemate The Bosses Oscar who ran a blinder when repeatedly unlucky at Cheltenham last year in the Martin Pipe. This step up in trip should suit after a tidy comeback win, he looks just the type for a big handicap win, and stable jockey Jack Kennedy rides.
Le Breuil, (1330 Aintree), 9/2: the leading National trial over the big fences and old Walk In The Mill was close to getting the pick looking for a hat-trick of wins in this event as well as having coming 4th in the big one. The issue is that at 10 years old he is being asked to defy a mark of 149 having previously won off 137 and 141. He could come close and on last year’s running he should strictly beat Kimberlite Candy on 8lbs better terms for a 2l win. Those weights are because Kimberlite has improved since but that is still a tough ask to overturn. Perhaps best in though is last year’s 7th Le Breuil who is 17lbs better off with the winner and 25lbs better off with the runner up. Le Breuil came into that as a Cheltenham winner and being trained for the National and may not have been cherry ripe albeit he ran well until fading late to be beaten 20l. Now his mark has fallen too far and to get into the 2021 National he will need some more aggressive campaigning. A nice return at Kelso should have him race fit and this is his big chance to bounce back and seal a place for next April.
Bois De Clamart, (1453 Navan), 9/1: a strong handicap chase that, as we saw at Fairyhouse last week, is likely to de dominated by novices. There shouldn’t be much between Chatham Street Lad and Pakens Rock on Galway form and both have chances along with the unexposed Dis Donc. But Bois De Clamart gets in on an even lower mark than that trio off just 125 giving him a featherweight. He was a maiden over hurdles but gave his best effort when runner up at this track. He impressed on chasing debut and was pitched into a decent Punchestown handicap off this mark, and had made progress to join the leaders only to unseat 4 out. That is a risk with novices in handicaps, but he had been pretty good til then and was showing clear signs that this is a potentially generous mark.
Springtown Lake, (1515 Aintree), 8/1: The other race over the National fences should be a speedier affair over the shorter trip and fluent jumping will be at a premium. Inexperienced Hunstman Son makes little appeal on that basis, whilst mercurial Modus was a fluent winner here on the standard track last time but is quite likely to spit the dummy at the sight of these fences. The horse who chased him home at a distance last time is Springtown Lake and he is a classic scopey chaser who should go well over this track. He has tended to improve with racing so that good debut effort is encouraging and any amount of progress should see him go well here. Those looking for fancy odds shouldn’t overlook Pink Eyed Pedro to run into a minor place.
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