Solix was one of my favourite horses at the beginning of last year, and although he finished poor enough in his chase run at Ascot, a couple of mistakes really put paid to his chance there. He is back over hurdles here over a shorter trip on heavy ground, and it’s possible he may be able to get involved here at a huge price. He has had 2 decent runs in France this year and 66/1 looks far too big . He should be able to carry 11:07 over this trip and id hope to see him prominent and staying on at the finish.
1 win Betfair 85 1 Point Place 9.7 Betfair 4 Places
Vino Greigo has a lot of very decent form over fences and I’m surprised to see him in here at 18/1 in a few places. He is probably the most experienced in the field ran a very good 2nd in a hot novice chase last time out and wouldn’t need to do a lot more to have a great chance here. He looks a very solid EW shout with his soft ground form and experience.
1pts EW 18/1 Stan James/Coral
Tartak has been running really well this year, and is in here with 9 lbs less than his good run over c&d earlier this year when 6th in a very similar race. This is probably his best trip and I was expecting his to be shorted than 20/1. He has got a huge turnaround in weight with Katenko from his last run but will probably need it.
2pts EW 20/1 Various
I’m going to go with 3 horses against the fiend here with 5 places EW. Il Fenomeno has some very decent novice form and hopefully today has been the plan for him for a while. This is more of a gut feeling selection and 40/1 looks value. De Valira has a good record fresh, was nearly as good over fences as hurdles and is in here of a great mark if he can recover any of his hurdles form. I’m also going with Shadow Catcher who surly has been laid out for this race. He has some 4yo form right out of the top drawer and hasn’t been seen since from a canny stable.
1pt EW Il Fenomeno 40/1 EW Bet365 5 places
1pt EW De Valira 50/1 EW Bet365 5 places
1pt EW Shadow Catcher 22/1 EW Bet365 5 places