The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Gowel Road, (1440 Newbury), 1pt win, 9/2:
A big field but a few unexposed types looks likely to produce the winner. Of this it is the Twiston-Davies trained topweight that makes most appeal. His debut run at Exeter looks even better in hindsight and alone would have him well in here off 122. His subsequent run here wasn’t too bad in a race that lacked a bit of pace. This huge field should ensure a good gallop and he may just be too classy for his rivals and can give them the weight.
Harambe, (1320 Newbury), 6/1: a decent novice handicap chase and it’s definitely a risk picking a horse on chasing debut whose hurdles form reads more like a postcode. He has competed at the highest level though, winning the 2019 Greatwood, being unlucky to get brought down in a melee at the last for the Betfair, and was giving his Greatwood defence a top effort til tipping up at the last. Hard to know how he will react to fences but a mark of 140 is workable, the race is winnable, and his yard is one that can produce useful novice chasers even after a prolonged hurdle career.
Panic Attack, (1510 Newbury), 6/4: formerly with Willie Mullins and was a leading bumper mare last year. Was a slow starter over hurdles and risked being a disappointment, but consequently got a gift of a handicap mark. Showed that to be the case with a cruise on the bridle here last time. An 11lb rise addresses some but all of that leniency and although not one to trust implicitly, she should be able to go in again before her rating starts to catch her ability.
Ouro Branco, (1535 Newbury), 7/2: has been a revelation over fences winning three from four. His reappearance win at Wincanton over Christmas was arguably a career best, and has been royally franked by the subsequent wins of the placed horses. That makes him look pretty well in here if he can hold his own on these deeper waters.
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