The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: St Barts, (1310 Newbury), 1pt win, 9/4:
There wasn’t a lot between St Barts and Thegallantway when they met on their chase debuts at Exeter recently. Both ran well for 2nd and 3rd behind a good horse, both looking like the change to this left handed and flat course would suit. The weights are much the same, but that was St Barts first run of the season, whereas his rival already had a hurdles win to his name. We expect St Bart’s to confirm and probably expand the near 5l superiority from Exeter and to be too good for the rest.
Caid Du Lin, (1355 Ludlow), 9/2: won this race cosily last season off a 2lb higher mark. Lost his way afterwards hence the drop, but ran ok on his Ascot reappearance when fading late and finishing just behind Molineaux. Can be forgiven finishing well beaten over a longer trip and over the National fences last time, and this reversion to a proven course and distance can see him revert to winning ways.
Earlofthecotswolds, (1430), 5/2: fresh from hopefully landing the previous race with a topweight, jockey Sam Twiston-Davies does the steering for his dad on this promising young chaser. He was progressing well enough last season to be thrown into a Cheltenham Festival handicap, and after a couple of hurdle runs this Autumn, he returned to fences to run a quality horse to a close finish at Ascot. He hasn’t been punished much for that, and this 3m on a sharper course looks ideal. He can outclass his rivals as he continues on the up.
Commis D’Office, (1455), 8/1: the rank outsider in this small field, but the oppositions is not much to be scared of. Has shown some glimpses of form since joining Venetia Williams from France, but has often failed to see out his races. Returns now after another wind operation, and although it can’t be good to have to tinker with the pipes repeatedly, it could be worth the risk with the stable in decent form.
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