Ben Linfoot heads to Exeter for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Wednesday while he also has selections at Ayr and Bangor.
Sporting Life Daily Nap, November 14
- NAP: Just A Sting (2.35 Exeter)
- Next Best: Casual Cavalier (1.40 Ayr)
- Treble: Barney Dwan (1.50 Bangor)
Harry Fry’s JUST A STING made a very pleasing winning debut over fences at Uttoxeter last time and he’s taken to defy a 6lb rise in the weights in the Weatherbys Hamilton Chase at Exeter on Wednesday.
A good bumper horse that was two from two in the sphere, Just A Sting ran some solid races in defeat as a novice hurdler including behind Vinndication who won on his own chasing debut at Carlisle on Monday.
However, Just A Sting always had the look of a horse that would come into his own over a fence and he certainly showed much promise on his first go in a chase, pulling two lengths clear of what looked a good field including Vinndication’s stablemate Station Master.
Forth Bridge is a solid enough horse and he was fourth that day, and I thought he franked the form of sorts when running third at Wincanton on Saturday.
The trip should be no problem for Just A Sting and a bigger concern would be if the ground was soft. Hopefully it will be similar to the good to soft he won on last time as he looks progressive relative to this grade.
Up at Ayr Casual Cavalier should relish the drop back in trip in the Perfect Christmas Presents From Ayr Racecourse Handicap Chase at 1.40.
This horse improved as a two-miler for George Bewley but was stepped up in trip to 2m5f on his stable debut for Henry Oliver at Ffos Las last month.
It wasn’t a bad run but he hardly proved that he stayed and dropping back at a course he’s had success at in the past looks a wise move.
Finally, Barney Dwan changes trip in the opposite direction in the Anne Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase at Bangor and he should love being back at three miles.
Second in a Pertemps Final in his hurdling days, he endured some ups and downs on his first season over fences but can put all that experience to good use in his second campaign over the bigger obstacles.
He shaped nicely over 2m4f at Chepstow on his return and with that run under his belt he can improve on his second outing now stepped back up in trip.
NAP: Nap record (settled at SP): -9.25pts (Click here for full table)