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Middleham-based Jedd O’Keefe has his string in rude health and he can strike with his only runner today, LORD YEATS, who contests the 1m5f handicap at Hamilton (due off 3.35pm).
The baby of the field at three, he was getting off the mark at the fifth attempt when stepped up to 1m4f on his handicap debut at Ripon last time, making all for a near two-length success over stablemate Injam, who has franked the form since by winning. He never looked like being caught on that occasion, so today’s slightly longer might see him in an even better light, and he’ll be hard to beat if employing similar tactics here against more exposed rivals, all of whom are giving him weight.
Jack Garritty keeps the ride and that’s another positive as he has a healthy 19% strike rate on the stable runners and the current going (good, good to soft in places) is perfect for him.
North Yorkshire-based Brian Ellison is another trainer amongst the winners of late – four in the last fortnight, all at good prices – and MISS RANGER, his sole runner at Chepstow in the 1m2f handicap (5.25pm), can keep the good run going.
She has been remarkably consistent since getting off the mark in Britain at Hamilton last August with her only bad run coming at Beverley in June in first-time cheek-pieces. They were dispensed with on her next start at Doncaster and she duly won going away under 5lb claimer Callum Shepherd, before finding only Azzir too good at Pontefract when attempting a follow up. That run can be upgraded as she had to come late and wide to deliver her challenge and, clearly in the form of her life, she must go close here off the same mark and with Shepherd again doing the steering.
Of her closest rivals in the market, Senza Una Donna only scrambled home in a claimer last time and a bigger threat may come from Richard Hannon’s Bigger And Better, who was only beaten a nose at Nottingham last time off 1lb lower.
A £10 double on today’s selections at current bet365 odds pays £120 (11/1).