I love these races and I think Duke of Lucca is significantly well in here compared to most of the other contenders. He ran really well at the festival last year over c&d and is a proven performer of this mark in standard chases. He will love the good ground and this race isn’t as strong as it could have been. He is favourite to win in my book and a solid 3 point win bet at the best available odds of 13/2
3 Points win 13/2
Standing Ovation sticks out here as decent bit of value at 8/1 in this race. He was pulled up after his chance had gone last time but a reproduction of his 2nd in a stronger race here in October could well be enough. The very unexposed The Ould Lad could be anything but it’s hard to have him at favourite here. 8/1 about my selection looks about 3 points too big as there are a few ahead of him in the betting I don’t fancy at all.
2 Points Win 8/1 Various
Starluck has been running well enough this year and this drop in class along with a nice drop in mark, should see him competitive. He has got one of the better claimers on board as well and could well have decent finish in him down at this level. 7/1 looks value and I think we’re sure to get a good run for our money.
2 Points win 7/1 various