The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: The Storyteller, (1315 Leopardstown ), 1pt win, 9/1:
A superb edition of this race. We are already on Sire Du Berlais for the Stayers Hurdle but as big fans we also recognise this may not be his best day. He has three hurdle wins, two at the Cheltenham Festival, but his form here is less impressive. With due respect to Fury Road, who has disappointed here before, and the hardy Bacardys, this should lie between Ronald Pump and The Storyteller. Ronald has the best prior form, but The Storyteller is in the form of his life and probably doesn’t deserve to be more than twice the price.
Indigo Breeze, (1205 Leopardstown), 3/1: has a Willie Mullins hotpot to beat, but the form of his last gasp defeat last time was fairly well advertised in Grade 1 company here yesterday. Looks to have plenty of talent and could easily be the stable’s Martin Pipe horse in time (you heard it here first), starting with a win here.
The Bosses Oscar, (1240 Leopardstown), 11/2: always a fascinating event with significant bearing on the Cheltenham final, albeit usually for those on the edge of the frame. Plenty of in form contenders but we are big fans of The Bosses Oscar and he should have a winning chance of that is the plan !! He is already on a fair rating for the final and trainer Elliott may want to preserve that with a qualifying run only, but he is a horse of significant promise and could probably handle the rise for winning.
Presenting Percy, (1425 Leopardstown), 9/2: possibly the best edition of this race, certainly of recent times. Minella Indo renews old rivalry with Allaho, but looks a short enough price now he gets his first meaningful test outside of novice company. Tornado Flyer is a big player on John Durkan form, but the one most likely best suited to this test is last year’s winner Delta Work who should come on for his Down Royal reappearance. All that said, there was a time when Presenting Percy looked the next big star. It all went wrong, but a switch to Gordon Elliott looked to have relit the fire with a good win at Thurles, and provided it doesn’t ride too testing, he could crown his return to form in style.
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