Saturday Yankee: Glad all over…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Gladiateur Allen, (1500 Ascot), 2pts win,  9/2: 

The hardest of these to handicap having had very few runs and having shown hugely improved form when winning a novice event here last time.  Add in the 5lb claim  of jockey Chester Williams, and he could be very hard to beat off a very low weight, provided his jumping stands up to the test, but the slow pace on soft ground should be a huge help in that respect.

Jerrysback, (1425 Ascot), 7/2:  always looked likely to make a classy chaser but has rarely been seen on the track.  Ran an excellent third on comeback here last month and this longer trip should suit.  On his third in a claimer race here last year he should have the beating of Regal Encore, and can land this under Richard Johnson.

Enqarde, (1540 Haydock), 4/1:  a cracking event in which blog favourite Notachance is far from aptly named.  But Enqarde sneaks in off a pretty low weight which might prove very useful in a marathon like this.  Won pretty much as he liked at Ascot last time and has more to give as he gets more experience.

Shantou Flyer, (1633 Wincanton), 2/1: formerly very useful and has been runner up at the last three Cheltenham Festivals.  Has transitioned to top trainer Nicholls and ran a pretty good race last time on reallocated a long break.  If he progresses from that as hoped, then he should have little trouble winning off this mark.

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