Thursday Yankee: Highway robbery?

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Dalton Highway, (1440 Punchestown), 1pt win, 7/2:  

A super race featuring three compelling contenders.  The back to form Debuchet was unlucky here last time, but that form has taken a couple of recent knocks.  Damalisque made a fine comeback and has to have a big chance, but we prefer Dalton Highway.   He did us a big favour this time last year when a cosy winner at Leopardstown.  This is his first hurdle run since but he has a successful flat campaign suggesting he can build further on that winning form.  Jack Kennedy is a good jockey booking and it would be no surprise to this guy in some big handicaps come the spring festivals.

Aheadfullofdreams, (1216 Warwick), 5/2:  lightly raced and came into this season on a very low mark and was unfortunate to lose his comeback race in the stewards room.  Up 4lbs for that, but should cope, and heavy ground should emphasise fitness, and no-one gets them as fit as the Skeltons.

Envol Pierji, (1305 Punchestown), 3/1:  showed the promise of his hurdles form for the first time over fences when running on into a closing third in a ladies race at Fairyhouse.  Gets Mark Walsh in the saddle today and some significant weight concessions from his main rivals.

Marino Marvel, (1510 Punchestown ), 11/4:  any decent form is rare in this low grade handicap, so although Marino Marvel’s respectable second place here last time came from out of the blue, backing a repeat effort looks far more likely than any of his rivals finding a similar sudden burst of improvement.

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