I love these races and I think Rivage Dor has been overlooked a bit. He won of a break at the festival with a bit in hand and doesn’t look to be too badly punished here. He ran a decent race in the Irish Grand National after that and I’m pretty sure that probably took too much out of him for the punchestown race. I think he should be the solid favourite here and 9/1 is value. Rose of the moon appeals here as well at a big price with the weights after a good run at punchestown but the way Rivage stormed up the hill last march I’ll be going with him
2 Points win 9/1 VC/Hills
I like the look of 2 in this race. Trendsetter has a nice profile for this race. He had 3 ok runs in maidens and now arrives here on a good mark after some decent improvement on the flat this year. He should be well in here if he can improve over hurdles as well, and this stable is well capable of targeting this race. Benissimo also is interesting at a huge price. He was very disappointing after a good win in may this year and also on his return, but he may have needed that race and hopefully has this as his target of a decent mark. He has other form which makes interesting reading and on his day should be capable of getting involved here at a huge price.
1 Point win Trendsetter 14/1 365/boyles/vc/hills and others
1 Point win Benissimo 33/1 generally, 40/1 and bigger with Betway and Betfair
Return Spring stands out a bit here in that he loves it around here and ran as well as could be expected in the 4 miler at the festival when it looked like he didn’t stay. He has a touch of class and this trip in a weaker race should be more in his line. The trainer is in form and if this fairly inexperienced rider is decent he is in here with a very nice racing weight. Ericht is another that looks another interesting candidate here. He can perform of this mark and does have a very decent record fresh, in addition to the fact that he has a very good rider on here. He is probably worthy of a small saver bet.
1 Point win Return Spring 10/1 tote/Fred
½ Point win Ericht 12/1 Generally