The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Chez Hans, (1450 Kempton), 1pt win, 7/1:
The market leaders all have good jump form but zero flat form. Chad Hans is the opposite with poor hurdling efforts but running on the flat as recently as last summer off a fair mark of 74. Has had a wind operation and gets the benefit of Megan Nicholls, qualified to ride her under her jumps licence but now a fully fledged and excellent flat race jockey who k Le this horse and has ridden this flat track countless times.
Lucky’s Dream, (1345 Kempton), 9/4: mostly a flat horse and a pretty good one too but qualifies for this by virtue of one recent hurdles run. Made a mockery of those qualified action rules when an easy winner of one of these at Lingfield last time and despite the 6lb penalty it is very hard to see him failing to follow up here.
Ecco, (1515 Kempton), 7/2: Useful contest with Adjali a likely sort and Mill Green fascinating on comeback after a luckless run in the Martin Pipe last year. But neither boast any flat race credentials but the Nicholls trained Ecco does. It is distant past German form but it’s there, he is fit and in form and that all adds up to an edge.
Imphal, (1620 Kempton), 11/4: classy jumpers Southfield Stone and in particular Didtheyleaveuoitto could have too much quality, but poorer hurdler Imphal is the one with the flat form being a mid 80s rated stayer on the flat. Was unlucky not to win one of these recently and the winner has run well again since. Will force the big two to be ok their game and may just be too nippy.
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