Well that was well-timed.
In some of the darkest days for jump racing fans and with Cheltenham imminent, a morale boost and a cash boost were very much needed. Step forward today’s Daily Yankee.
A dour midweek card it may be, but winners are winners and the day started nicely when a dropping rating and decent ground gave a chance for William Of Orange (4/1, SP 7/2) to record a cosy Catterick win.
Over to Leicester soon after for its opener where our pick Don Herbager (7/2, SP 3/1) needed a gallop fast enough to make stamina the key but not so fast as to leave him too detached. Being niggled at halfway looked an ideal sign and so it proved as his stamina kicked in to pass the whole field from 4 out and get up in the closing yards.
It was the opposite back at Catterick as leg three, First Man (11/2) was always near the front and the question was whether he could hold off the favourites up the straight. He didn’t, getting passed at the last, only to battle back bravely to win a three-way head bobber !!
Anchor leg honours went to nap of the day Mr Chua (5/2, SP 6/4). Seemingly well in, jockey Bryan Carver took no chances by bouncing out to make all. He was joined 2 out in a prolonged duel, but hung on grimly to land the spoils.
At the final reckoning it was a four from four Yankee grand slam and a return of around 100/1 on total staked for best odds guaranteed.
A much needed smile on the face, and cash in the pocket !! Whether cash in the pocket just before Cheltenham is a good thing or a bad thing is a different question altogether !!
Stay tuned as get ourselves festival ready with the Annual Festival Guide due out next week and then the big week itself.