I’m going to go with 2 horses that ran well at Cheltenham in the County Hurdle without getting any luck. Cash And Go got badly hampered rounding the turn and had little chance after that but ran on well enough. I think his current mark 135 give him a decent chance and the fact that we was well backed a couple of times this year makes me think he could be working well and I think he will suit Paul Carberry well. Alaivan is another horse that has been backed a few times this year but also ran well in the county making a mistake at the last. He certainly is capable of getting involved of a mark of 132 with a decent 5lbs claimer on.
1 Point win Cash And Go 18/1 Stan James/Coral
1 Point win Alaivan 16/1 365/sky/coral
To be honest I never thought that Rathlin would be good enough to win a grade 1, but he will never get a better chance than this race. He will be well suited to the course and ground and could well get sparked to life here. His pounding of Hidden Cyclone on good ground last summer reads well now and 16/1 looks value. He also ran reasonable in the Ryanair and If he can improve for that he wont be far away
1 Point win 16/1 Coral
Looking at last year’s race I think I can be pretty sure than Dunowen Point will be competitive here of 8lbs lower . His runs this year on soft ground can be safely ignored as he certain to be prepared with today in mind. Given that the race has turned out particularly well with the winner following up in the Hennessey he may only need to reproduce that run to win here. His front running style should suit this race and also with only 10:01 on his back he may well be harder to catch this year. 16/1 looks decent value. I also noticed the Giorgio Quercus was in the process of running a big race until he was brought down at the 3rd last. He is 2 lbs. lower this year and has a good 6th in the Byrne Group Place behind him this year. 22/1 looks a bit of value about him.
1 Point win 16/1 Dunowen Point
1 Point win 22/1 Giorgio Quercus