This looks a very competitive race but I like a bit of value here at big prices in a couple who need to return to form. Mon Parrain is an in and out performer of the highest order but on his day could easily make his 20/1 price look good. Only his last run at the festival was very poor and if he does pick up again here he can win this of this mark. Si C’etait Vrai was a very decent consistent horse in Ireland but has obviously had a number of problems since he came over here. There wasn’t a lot to like about his 2 runs so far for his new stable but a mark of 128 well within his compass and he is worth a small risk as if he returns to form he could be well ahead of the handicapper. At 33/1 he should return to form at some stage and we want to catch him at maximum value.
1 Point win 20/1 Generally Mon Parris
1 Point win 33/1 Generally Si C’etait Vrai
Mass Rally can act on this going and usually runs well here. It may be that only 5-6 runners have any chance at all of acting in this race and the 12/1 looks value after all the defections. He was consistent last year and if the break has woken him up a bit he won’t be far away here of this mark
1 Point win 12/1 365/vcbet
Rattling Jewel ran really well last time out in a very similar race and really there shouldn’t be much between him and the 2 at the top of the market who are much shorter prices. He seems like a horse on the upgrade in his last 3 runs and 16/1 looks value
1 Point win 16/1 Generally
Americans Life’s form and mark over hurdles this year make a flat mark of only 53 look well workable here. He has some very consistent form on heavy ground over hurdles and the trip and going here should really suit. His form reads well in comparison to the favorite here and 12/1 looks decent value in this poor enough race. He is used to running well in stronger hurdles races than this class 5 .
1 Point win 12/1 boyles / paddy power 11/1 elsewhere