This looks an unbelievably tough race but I’m going to go with Champion Court of his current winnable mark. He has been poor enough this year apart from over this course and distance when he was a good 7th in the paddy power of a much higher mark. Running that race again will put him in the places at least here and give him a small shot of a win at decent looking odds of 25/1 with 5 places.
1 Point EW 25/1 5 Places Sky/365
3:20 World Hurdle
I’ve convinced myself that I was blind all along and Zarkandar should win this. His form is easily the best of these and he has been kept for this for a while. He loves the ground is a proven stayer now and I think that the book is wrong in this today with too many once with little chance at far too short odds. The 6/1 available now looks 2 points too big.
2 Points win 13/2 Coral
Trustan Times was 4th in this last year in a race that just couldn’t have worked out any better form wise. He is off 2 lbs lower this year and although he was poor enough in the Haydock Grand National Trial last month , he has in the past run well after hard races like that. He looks the value in the field. 22/1 with 5 places is great value given his consistence in placing at least.
1 Point EW 22/1 5 places Bet365
Really tough race as would be expected, but I’m going to go with Ericht here at a huge price. I think he will be suited by the step up in trip and his 3rd here in October really does read well given the 2 ahead of him then. The jockey on board for this Amateur race has a very decent record and I can see him getting into the first 5 here off his current mark. 40/1 with 5 places looks big.
1 Point EW 5 places Coral 40/1
2:40 Ryanair Chase
This is the tightest race of the festival and I can’t make any decisions about the horses near the top of the market. But I’m going to go with a couple of Longshots for min bets. Wishful Thinking will either win or be last here so I’ll have a small min bet just in case at 33/1 He is in great form this year. Also some of Ballycaseys form really reads well on his good days and if he was to be up for it here he will travel well and might have a chance at this trip. EW value in this race is very poor.
½ Point win both 33/1 Stan James & others