Sunday Yankee: Return of the Mack…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Mackelduff, (1610 Aintree), 1pt win, 6/1:  

Promising sort who culminated a light novice season with a smooth win in an ordinary Southwell maiden.  That was won in the style of a horse who could get better in the strong paces of handicap company and gets a good chance to show that in this decent little race.  Aidan Coleman keeps the ride and the stable usually have their runners fit for debut.

The Grand Visir, (1350 Aintree), 3/1:   This classy flat horse has so far proved to be a massive disappointment in his rare hurdling forays.  A mark of 125 is at least 2 stone below the level his flat form should imply.  Any closing of that gap would make him an absolute certainty in this low grade.  History suggests he could spit out the dummy, but at the prices it is a fair risk to take given just how far clear of these he could be if giving of anywhere near his best.

Black Op, (1425 Aintree), 2/1:  7th in the Gold Cup in March should be enough to make him a shoo-in off a mark of 145 against a field of veterans.  It’s not that easy with older chasers and he isn’t always guaranteed to jump with fluency.  This though is a low grade and if he finds a rhythm he is surely far too good even for course specialist Minellacelebration.

Tamaroc Du Mathan, (1500 Aintree), 3/1:  looked promising at times last year before bombing out at Ayr on his last run.  A repeat of that and he would have no chance, but the Nicholls yard are dab hands at refreshing these types and target these early season valuable prizes.  They could have pointed any number of good horses at this race and it is significant that Tamaroc turns up.

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