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Monthly Naps Comp - Monday 17th April 2017


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210 Market Rasen

Galactic Power NAP 9/4 Bet365
Robin Dickin has his string in decent nick and sends a couple of his in form horses up to Market Rasen. Bally Lagan bids for a 4-timer later and Galactic Power goes for his hat-trick here. Won with a bit in hand last time out at Exeter and this doesn't look any harder to be honest.

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Fairyhouse 5.00 Haymount @ 12/1 bet365 e/w thanks

Haymount....from Willie Mullins yard who saddles three horse in race the 8yo only had the 13tn runs he's won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on good and soft ground and has also found 7 place finishes,

His last run was at Cheltenham 4m good to soft when 3rd of 18 runners behind Tiger Roll beaten 4 lengths in the Group 2 JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase which Mr P W Mullins was in saddle, He was off 146 that day a 9lb pull in the weights should enable him to take his revenge but wither that's good enough to beat the rest of the Gigginstown team who have 14 engaged ,

Ruby Walsh is in saddle today so that's a boost as he was in saddle for two of the three wins

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6.00 Redcar: Class 6 Handicap, 6f

Of course with three year old's early in the season you can't be quite sure how the race pans out pace wise, also some go with first headgear to post, suggesting there might be change of tactics for some.

However if you only read through the racing comments for most horses in this field you'll find only very few did ever race close the pace, let alone lead a field. The majority is held up in rear, dwelt, was slowly away and therefore naturally behind, or at most tracking the race from a midfield position.

I feel this might give a horse a chance that forces the matter. Obvious candidate is top weight Chickenfortea, who has decent form in the book too. However of a revised mark he looks vulnerable to an improver.

This one could be Kevin Ryan's Backinanger. This las has been up with the pace in his last two starts on the All-Weather where he ran with credit. He was incredibly keen when last seen at Newcastle and couldn't sustain his effort, though the third place looks good form taking all of that into consideration, even more so as the winner backed up the form subsequently.

Backinanger is still winless, but he makes his turf handicap debut here with fast conditions sure to suit. Interestingly connections opted for fitting cheek-pieces for the first time, something that could help him to focus, be sharp in the finish and be easier to handle in general.

He also hails from a decent family, he also was a late foal which explains why he looked still pretty raw in most of his races up to date. It is therefore fair to assume that he could still improve a bit. A low mark of 57 gives him a good chance here.

Selection:
Backinanger @ 7/1 Bet365

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Irish National

You have to go all the way back to January 2015 to when Foxrock last ran in a handicap. Incidentally he won that off a mark of 149. Since then he has been running creditably in graded races at the various top festivals and more recently has won his last 4 races (all hunter chases). Back in a handicap today (albeit a very competitive one) he is off a mark of 150 - just 1lb higher than his last handicap appearance. Possible question mark about the ground as could do with it soft and I think the official going is good to yielding but at 20/1 it's worth an each way bet in my opinion. Bet365

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