Down Royal 2:30
I really can’t have Ma Filleule as favourite for this race as good and all as she was last year. Boston Bob will be very hard to beat in my eyes and has a perfect 111 record when running for the first time. He is steadily improving and is more of a 7/4 shot than a 7/2 shot here. I had First Lieutenant as the main danger but he hasn’t a good record fresh so everything points to 7/2 being great value for my selection here.
3 Points win 7/2 Various
I’m going to take a risk here on Ted Spread at an overly generous 16/1 with StanJames. He looks to me to be coming back to form judging by his flat runs this year and his last completed hurdle race ready well of this mark . I just feel that price may well be too big and fit from good runs on the flat.
1 Point win 16/1 Stan James
This is a strange race where is can’t really fancy anything with any conviction. The only horse I can’t rule out for value here is Cantlow . His 2nd in the Stewart Gold Cup at Cheltenham last December looks very high class form and he ran well until not staying in the Irish national after that. This 3mile trip should be perfect and if he is ready to go here 20/1 looks a very fair price.
1 Point win 20/1 Various
Novice Hurdles aren’t my usual bag but Light Well seems to be overpriced here. He has some half decent flat and a decent first run over hurdles a long time ago but there doesn’t seem to be any real stars in this race and he looks worth a small bet at 33/1 as he may have some potential.
½ Point win 33/1 Generally