I’m going to throw a few small bullets at this race, as I just cant find anything concrete at the moment.
I like the look of Harry The Viking at a big looking 50/1 EW. He looks a certain stayer and has had a couple of promising runs this season in competitive handicaps. His 2nd behind Teaforthree in the 4 miler at the festival last year reads well. 50/1 looks a few points too big and worth an EW bet
1 Point EW 50/1 5 places Stan James & Boyles Sports
I already have 1 point on What a Friend at 180 on Betfair in my Ante-Post Selection and I fancy him to get in the places here if he gets around. The ground is really in his favour and he has always looked as if the extreme distance here will suit. I particularly like him for the long run in here and he always seems to power home at the end of his races (often when it’s too late to be fair). 66/1 with 6 places with Bet Victor looks worth a small bet.
½ Point EW 66/1 6 places BetVictor
I’m going for 2 more min bets on the national, in the hope that I can have a winner and not have to look at Alex Fergusson in the winners Enclosure. I’ve been struggling to come up with anything but Auroras Encore might just be well handicapped on his very good 2nd in the Scottish version last year. He has a good few poor runs on softer ground since but is down to a lower mark that that run and if he can get back to form in similar conditions 100/1 with 5 places looks great value.
I’m also going with a small bet on a bit of class in Quel Esprit. Even though he has fallen a few times in general he is a very good jumper and conditions might just suit him today. He has had very little racing this year, and although he does look as good as he was he is still only 9 and there could well be a big race in him. Hes worth the risk of a small bet at 50/1
1 Point EW 100/1 Auroras Encore 5 Places Bet365 and others
1/2 Point EW 50/1 Quel Esprit 5 places Bet365
Planet of Sound has been given a fair chance here by the handicapper. He has come down in the weight after runs on unsuitable soft ground. He hasn’t had a lot of races in the last 18months but he has everything in his favour here and could well be ready to run here. 12/1 looks a decent price.
1 Point win 12/1 Various
Paintball has done basically nothing since his very good win in the Imperial Cup last year, but he is in here after a break of a lower mark on good ground and I really fancy that he could get back to form today. He won that imperial cup after a decent break and with very similar circumstances here all round 25/1 could well be decent value.
1 Point EW 25/1 Various
I fancied Dodging Bullets at the festival and he was poor there after bleeding. Today’s conditions look sure to suit him in a lower class race. His main competition Up & Go has been performing on Soft Ground and this race will be a completely different proposition. If my selection is back to form here 3/1 looks huge.
2 Points win 3/1 Various
Oscara Dara travelled well for a long way in the world hurdle and may be just a bit better than his final position there. I think he stands a chance of placing here and 40/1 EW ¼ 123 with Stan James look a small bit of value and worth a min bet.
½ Point EW 40/1 Stan James