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The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:   Chris’s Dream, (1340 Punchestown),  1pt win, 4/1:  

A fantastic renewal of this quality event.  Festival winner Min is the obvious quality here and goes for a hat-trick in the race.  This may be the best version of this race he has met, he has heavy ground and will be ridden for the first time in a race by amateur Patrick Mullins.  Stablemate Allaho is a horse we love and finally gets a chance at grade 1 level without having to test his stamina over 3 miles.  He did run very freely on debut last season though, which he won’t get away with on this surface.  We prefer Chris’s Dream who loves heavy ground and typically does all his winning in mid winter.  He is fit after a fair run at Down Royal and although he needs everything in his favour to bridge the quality gap to the Mullins runners, on this occasion he has exactly that.  Mercurial Samcro is not one to trust, but Battleoverdoyen is another who will like conditions.

Above The City, (1410 Punchestown ), 6/1:  from the sublime to the mundane with this relatively low grade affair following the John Durkan.  That said, Above The City is a mare showing good form who handles the ground and for whom this step up in trip could be ideal.  She looks worth a flutter.

Sayce Gold, (1430 Cork), 9/4:  a good quality novice event but it’s a rare Trevor Hemings owned Irish based runner that catches the eye.  Sayce Gold looked superb on his hurdling debut, jumping fluently and galloping on really well.  This step up in class is well earned and he can take this on his way upwards and onwards to better things.

Duc De Grissay, (1520 Kelso), 9/2:  this course winner gets a nice low racing weight.  He represents a bang in-form stable and ran with promise when staying on late on his seasonal debut.  This gruelling 4 miles looks tailor made, and he should be finishing best of all.

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