The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Ask Dillon, (1410 Carlisle), 1pt win, 11/4:
Put up some good efforts on heavy ground in top handicaps in the spring and even made an ambitious appearance for 10th place in the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Took a crushing fall on chasing debut and switched back to hurdles for a confidence boost in a valuable Haydock event. A superb 4th of 17 there seems to have prompted a prolonged hurdles campaign and he could outclass these under top weight in ground that should suit.
Ecossais, (1220 Southwell), 2/1: has had a ton of experience over fences for a young horse after an extensive campaign as a youngster in France. Didn’t take well immediately to UK conditions and was looking disappointing until running here last time in a first time visor and staying on well to win going away. That has earned an 8lb rise but his mark could still be very generous if the visor-course combination repeats the magic.
Pookie Pekan, (1335 Carlisle), 5/1: has twice won over this course and distance off marks of 108 and 116. Such was the ease of that last win, this mark of 120 looks well within scope. So far this season he has been a non-stayer over 3m, first when going very close here, and then when outclassed in a much higher grade Haydock event. Back to his class, back to his track and back to his distance he could be real handful for these rivals.
Towards The Dawn, (1530 Southwell), 7/2: The Ian Williams trained Everything For You is on an exceptional mark on his flat form but needs to show something having disappointed in both codes for over a year now. Instead top weight Towards The Dawn represents current form having built on a good Ascot reappearance by running Mt Washington to a nose last time. That winner has since completed a hat-trick, and the 4lb rise for Ben Pauling’s runner up looks pretty fair in hindsight.
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