The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Samuel Jackson, (1510 Exeter) 1pt win, 9/2:
The Devon National is invariably a slog in the mud at one of racing’s most demanding tracks. Two time winning veteran Dawson City has a big chance again, but we prefer another with a track record here in Samuel Jackson. His 4th in this two years ago leaves him something to find with old Dawson, but he has youth on his side and was really eye-catching when staying on supremely well for second here last time. If he can build on that then as his namesake would say its time to strike down with great vengeance and furious anger…
Hold That Taught, (1330 Exeter), 2/1: looks a worthy favourite here having mixed it in some decent novice handicaps already. His 3rd at Ascot looks very good in hindsight and his runner up effort at Chepstow last time was probably just as good. Had his main rival today Highland Hunter behind when that one fell late on, and yet that rival’s win last week means Hold That Taught will actually be 7lbs better off. Should confirm the form.
Espoir De Guye, (1553 Warwick), 3/1: has shown most of his best form over fences at Ascot, so this different style of course is something of an unknown. That is pretty much the only doubt though as even the form of his 4th last time out in a decent race behind Dasher Drasher is more than enough to give the weight away to these opponents. He is 6/4 if he handles the track, and 50/1 if he doesn’t. We’ll take our chances.
Dreaming Of Glory, (1653 Warwick), 9/4: obviously held in high regard by the Fergal O’Brien yard even if here rare trips to the course are yet to show that. Unseated her rider at the start on her debut and then was pitched straight into a high quality Cheltenham event next time. Has been given over a year off after coming last but one there, but that run was not without its promise against some top notch opponents. The stable’s runners rarely want for fitness and she could be good now back in shallow waters.
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