The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Coconut Splash, (1305 Wincanton), 1pt win, 2/1:
We were convinced that a handicap at Chepstow would prove golden form which took a blow when the first two home were sunk without trace next time at Newbury. But the 4th and 6th from Chepstow have since won, rehabilitating the form line. Coconut Splash was a highly promising 3rd at Chepstow, and now tries a longer trip which should suit ideally on breeding. Stable and jockey remain in fine form and this looks his for the taking.
Getaway Jewel, (1220 Catterick), 5/2: not many people watch races more closely than the stewards, you can argue about their acumen, but they were wide to this fella’s gentle efforts last time and connections got duly punished for not trying hard enough. He will have to run off his merits now, and if the promise of that never nearer 4th last time are anything but a mirage, then he should go close in this weak event.
Balgemmois, (1435 Wincanton), 3/1: no disrespect to trained Ali Stronge, but when a winner from a small yard gets transferred to a bigger operation it catches the eye, and Fergal O’ Brien is one of those who has repeatedly shown he is adept at improving his new recruits. This horse won well off 105 in January, and this mark of 110 should be well within his grasp. Paddy Brennan does the steering.
Out On The Tear, (1455 Catterick), 9/2: novice chasers are often a good start point in assessing handicaps as they have had so little chance to reveal the extent of their ability to the handicapper. This 6yo made his chasing debut last time in a handicap at Chepstow where he was a very promising second. He may need to do no more that that effort to win this off the same mark, but with improvement likely and proven in the mud, he has a winning chance.
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