Melodic Rendezvous has always been good on soft ground and after missing out in the Cheltenham festival he arrives here after a nice break and off a workable mark. He may be very difficult to kick out of the places. His form this year while hardly earth shattering has been very consistent and reads well for a 33/1 shot.
Im going to go with 2 more small min bets on my other eyecatchers here just in case. Francis of Assisi was a very good 6th in the County but was far better on the flat on soft ground and has looked as if a step up in trip would do no harm. 40/1 is worth the risk. In addition Business Sivola was a very good 4yo last year with good form on soft ground. He has been poor this year but at a huge 66/1 here I wouldn’t be surprised if he came back to form at some stage and at that price he is worth the risk.
1 Point EW Melodic Rendezvous 33/1 Generally
½ Point win Francis of Assisi 40/1 Generally
½ Point win Business Sivola 66/1 betfair/stan/betway
Gullinbursti ran well here 2 years ago after a similar looking preparation and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he could improve here at a big price. He has never really had a good run with injuries but has a touch of class. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if todays race was the plan and at 40/1 he is worth the risk. Astracad has been improving this year and his last run at the festival was very good in the context of this type of race. Of this mark if he gets around its hard not to see him in the first 5 here.
1 Point EW 40/1 5 places Gullinbursti VC/Paddy
1 Point EW 40/1 5 places Astracad Generally