NAP of the Day: Improving handicapper to go in again

 | November 15 | 

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Thursday's NAP is a Gordon Elliott-trained hurdler who's backed to take another step on what I fancy will be a steep journey up the handicap ranks.

NAP of the Day

  • 15:45 Punchestown - Hunting Brook @ 6/4

Immediately after Hunting Brook went in at Down Royal on Saturday, I took to Twitter to boast about my winning 9/4 tip and wrote "he'll win next time out I'd imagine". True to my word, that's what I'm predicting at Punchestown on Thursday.

The six-year-old, who fetched €90,000 a few years ago, showed little in six runs for Emma Lavelle yet was subsequently bought by Gordon Elliott for £20,000 - that's after pulling up off a mark of just 89 on his first attempt in handicap company.

Clearly, Elliott saw something I and I'm sure many others didn't - and I rightly suggested it was notable that the Cullentra handler sent him to Down Royal of all places (Elliott had 11 of the 14 winners there last weekend), off a mark of 86, upped drastically in trip.

The son of Presenting went off considerably shorter and obliged, in good fashion I thought. Certainly better than the official margin of just under a length suggests anyway.

He travelled through the race best of all 19 runners and found generously-enough, despite some sloppy jumping, at the business end.

I'd imagine he'll come on plenty for that run, and should go in again despite a slight drop in trip, which is the only concern - and it's a small one at that.

He's three pounds well-in on Thursday due to carrying a seven-pound penalty despite being raised 10lbs by the handicapper, and Danny Gilligan's claim means he's essentially racing off just two pounds higher than at the weekend.

This is arguably an even easier race, so I'm extremely hopeful about his chances of landing a quickfire double. Maybe even a hat-trick further down the line, as the selection could have a good amount in hand.

Check out my NAP of the Day here at Betfred Insights throughout the week

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