The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Discordantly, (1450 Leopardstown), 2pts win, 14/1:
It’s hugely tempting to put up Roaring Bull again after he made our Christmas winning this last year, but we prefer Jessie Harrington’s chaser. He likes to bowl along near the pace which hopefully will keep him out of trouble. Can be hit and miss at his fences, but on a good day, when he finds a rhythm, he can be very hard to pass.
Notebook, (1310 Leopardstown), 9/2: hot favourite here is Chacun Pour Soir who has a mighty reputation despite relatively few on track appearances. We weren’t hugely taken by his Cork reappearance and although sure to improve for that, he may be one to take on at a price. Notebook can be a little underestimated as he hates Cheltenham and so doesn’t advertise his ability in that showroom, but he is pretty useful around this track. He is sure to run a solid race and if there is any chink in the armour or over-hype for the favourite then he is the one to prosper.
Master Mcshee, (1420 Leopardstown), 10/1: we are big fans of Appreciate It, but he is a short price for today’s Grade 1. We can though support him tangentially as Master Mcshee ran him to a couple of lengths at Cork. The winner probably had a ton in hand but the Master has won easily since and a mark of 132 looks potentially very generous. This is a tough race, but he looks overpriced for his small yard.
Torigni, (1540 Kempton), 8/1: lightly raced and made an encouraging stable debut when 3rd at Wetherby following import from France. The yard was a shade below their best at that time, but after a break in runners, the efforts of flag-bearer Saint Calvados in the King George suggests they are in good form now. Any improvement from experience or stable form should give this guy a big chance.
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