Looking for another hat-trick of nap wins after Billaway won in style yesterday as part of a three winner return for the yankee. The fourth leg was runner up, which sounds close but frankly wasn’t. Still, good to get the strike rate up before the big Christmas festivals…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Holymacapony, (1335 Navan), 1pt win, 2/1:
A couple of ways to approach this race. Deciphering the entwined form-lines of Fakiera, Eskylane and Gabynako looks complex, suffice as to say there shouldn’t be much between them all. The better option may be to look to one who can beat them all. The Mullins trained Fighter Allen didn’t convince on debut, but the youngster Holymacapony certainly did with a resounding win over a well thought of Mullins opponent. Only 4, he has plenty of room to improve and can take this on the way to better things.
Steal A March, (1245 Ascot), 3/1: bred to be a useful jumper and looked to be building on his novice campaign when a good 3rd on reappearance at Cheltenham. Has a bit to find with the winner Castle Robin, but that horse was fully race fit and ran the perfect race. Steal A March can be expected to improve and he had far from the ideal race, having been hampered and dropped back before rallying well up the straight. Hopefully an easier passage this time should allow him to improve substantially on that effort.
King Alex, (1410 Navan), 7/2: just in flying form right now, improving with every run in completing a fat-trick on wins this season with a career best at Fairyhouse. A 12lb rise obviously asks a lot more now, but having led for the race last time he was joined after an error 2 out only to regather himself and surge over 7l clear by the line. You need to have plenty left in the tank to recover in such style and it is well worth the risk that the handicapper still has him under-rated.
Soaring Glory, (1430 Ascot), 3/1: looks an unusual move for Nicky Henderson to throw No Ordinary Joe into a Grade 2 on hurdles debut, perhaps its a sign of confidence but i’d rather see him before I back him. Instead it could be Jonjo’s runner that takes this. Before an unlucky late fall at Wetherby, he had chased home Dusart – currently the top rated UK novice – trying to give him 6lbs at Newbury. Dusart would have been a hot favourite here, so in his absence, Soaring Glory can give him a form boost by playing understudy to top effect.
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