I have never made any secret of how much I rate and regard this filly. She is a very exciting prospect. She was obviously three from three in smart bumper company last season and I thought she was incredibly impressive when winning over course and distance on her return. She carries a 3lb penalty here but I will be disappointed if that stops her. I schooled her on Wednesday and she felt fantastic.
He fell at Cheltenham last time but he had earlier shaped well for me when third at Wincanton. If he can build on that then he could be competitive – ground and trip should suit, though he hasn’t run well in three starts here – and hold each-way claims.
I think this is a very open race this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if a 25/1 outsider won it, and I certainly have each-way claims at a price. He has surprised me throughout his career, and hopefully he does it again. He enjoyed his fair share of luck last season when winning the Kauto Star but then he defied a 12lb rise in the weights to win at Cheltenham. And not only win, but win by 8 lengths. The handicapper dropped him 3lb for his return, which helps, and that was a satisfactory run over an inadequate trip of 2m3f at Wetherby, especially as the horse immediately behind me was Splash Of Ginge. I think that was the race that Theatre Guide also came third in before finishing second in this race in 2015, and it should have put him spot on, and ready, for this. Like I said, I think he has each-way potential for punters.
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