I’m going for 2 national hunt horses here with some decent flat form at big prices in this race. Handazan has been improving again over hurdles lately to a very decent 2nd behind a handicap snip last time out. He has a couple of flat runs in 2013 that are fairly standout in the context of this race. He was good 3rd in a listed contest and Nottingham and put up a decent show in a Group 3 around here soon after. He has been a solid 130-135 hurdler and if his recent return to form in that sphere is replicated here he could well outrun his huge price. Royal Irish Hussar is another who has been coming back to form lately and although he was poor here last year, that was at the end of a very long season with no break. He has been lightly raced since and this selection is a question of a big price combined with the idea that he surly wouldn’t be back here if he couldn’t atone for last year’s run.
1 Point EW Handazan 40/1 Various
1 Point EW Royal Irish Huzzar 33/1 Various
Stepper Point is an easy selection here. I put him up last year at 100/1 and he finished 2nd, but he also backed that up again at York. He was only beaten by Sole Power in good ground 5 Furlong Group 1s last year and that’s good enough for me at 33/1. He hasn’t been great this year but it was mostly the same last year up to this point. Bet365 are the standout at 33/1 with 4 places.
1 Point EW 33/1 Bet365 4 Places