The horse racing NAP of the Day on Thursday, 28 April is Gentleman De Mee. He contests the 2m Grade 1 Barberstown Castle Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival today (6:35). This Willie Mullins and JP McManus runners looks the best value Bet of the Day at fine 5/4 odds.
An impressive winner when upsetting the favourite in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree last time out, Gentleman De Mee could well follow-up here. He seeks a four-timer after clearly progressing over fences this term. Gentleman De Mee is thus our horse racing NAP of the Day for 28 April. Here are more reasons to back him.
Why will horse racing NAP of the Day Gentleman De Mee win?
Mullins has won this Grade 1 a record eight times, including the last six renewals. Three of those were the same age as Gentleman De Mee, whose recent race results show a horse bang in-form. After bolting up third time out over fences at Thurles in February, he landed a Grade 3 at Navan last month.
When pitched in at the highest level on Merseyside last time out, he was sent off a well-backed 7/2 on the best betting sites as second-favourite to Edwardstone. Gentleman De Mee made all and the form has a solid look to it with the runner-up, who had landed the Arkle, confirming previous placings with Third Time Lucki back in third.
Horse racing NAP of the Day officially 8lb and up clear of the field
On a form marker through Edwardstone and if official figures are right, Gentleman De Mee should have the beating of main market rival Gabynako here. The handicapper has him 8lb clear of that one, as well as the entire field. It was surprising, then, to see him open odds against on horse racing betting sites for a second Grade 1 success.
With Mullins enjoying a typically good Punchestown and McManus’ Irish retained rider Mark Walsh once again in the saddle, everything points to a big run. A £10 punt on our horse racing NAP of the Day, Gentleman De Mee, with 888Sport returns £22.50 if he wins. New customers qualify for £40 in bonuses if they place this wager after joining.
Singing Banjo NB & Great Each Way Bet in La Touche Cup Defence
The feature of three Cross Country Chases over the banks during this Festival is the 4m 2f La Touche Cup (4:50), and last year’s winner Singing Banjo seems completely disregarded in the market. Trained by Philip Rothwell, this 12-year-old loves a sound surface.
Fellow veteran Ballyboker Bridge apart, Singing Banjo is the only course and distance scorer in the line-up. This extreme test of stamina, virtually the trip of the Grand National, will find some of the market principals out. Even on good ground, they simply don’t have the endurance in their breeding for this marathon distance.
Plenty of banks experience
We know Singing Banjo stays and he ran over way too sharp a track and trip at Tramore last time out. That had all the makings of a pipe-opener from connections following a mid-winter break. Singing Banjo should strip fitter for the run over 2m 6f when he was at his best at a full mile-and-a-half further.
A lighter campaign than last term should also help his cause. The form of his Ladies Perpetual Cup victory 12 months ago was franked by the runner-up, Vital Island, who went one place better in that race on Tuesday. Taking all that into account, Singing Banjo looks well worth an each way play at double figure odds at 10/1 and four places available.
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