What a day of racing action we have to look forward to on Saturday and Sam Boswell is here to provide you with his preview of ITV’s coverage.
Betting wise this is a deep handicap hurdle to get suck into, we have five places on offer at BetVictor so each way players can find some great value. Some of my favourite horses have run in and won this race in the past, the race has of course changed formerly being a fixed brush hurdle.
It is a shame that no longer exists in that guise but looking at this year’s race we have various candidates with a mix of profiles. Some are older horses having gone up and down the handicap over hurdles, a few failed chasers, and some unexposed younger types.
The selection for the race will be the Emmett Mullins trained Rightplacerightime. The horse has been chasing recently showing ability over fences and is in here at the foot of the weights with Harry Kimber booked to take another seven off.
He is yet to run over hurdles for his current handler but flicking over some of his more recent efforts from his previous trainer the run behind The Bosses Oscar at Thurles is what stands out.
He then had a few patchy efforts but given he should be hard fit from chasing I can see a huge run from the six-year-old and another prize heading back to Ireland.
Buzz to win by two lengths or more
A small but select field for the Ascot Hurdle and for me we will see a Stayers Hurdle contender emerge from this race when Buzz puts in the kind of run, I am expecting.
Nicky Henderson’s horse was an impressive winner on the Flat in October over an extended trip, and I can see three miles over hurdles being perfect later in the season. Today over this shorter trip he has plenty in his favour including the ground plus the six-pound difference in weight from Goshen and Song For Someone who claimed this race last season.
I am not only expecting a win but will be looking to use a lengthen the odds concession for Buzz to win by two or more lengths at 6/4
A Plus Tard
Henry De Bromhead is in good form delivering at around a 20% strike rate at the time of writing, on ratings his horse is clear of anything else in the race, and he has at less questions that others. Bristol De Mai is a standing dish in the race but ten rising eleven now I just wonder if his time has passed when pressed by a younger rival who could still be improving. That said you have to imagine this is his Gold Cup, and I would expect him to chase home the favourite.
It will be fascinating to see how Waiting Patiently goes for new trainer Christian Williams he has been one of the most frustrating horses in training in recent years, certainly talented he has had more than his fair share of injury issues.
The rest I just can’t get an angle into, with that in mind we will keep it simple and just back A Plus Tard to win the Betfair Chase.