I’ve had West Approach on my mind for this all week, and I just haven’t been able to talk myself out of it. He looks a much better horse last time out in the JLT with much better jumping, and he really should improve for a big step up in trip. He looked to be going flat out at Cheltenham and this should be more his style. There really isn’t a lot between him and the likes of Ballyoptic who is a far shorted price. The stable is really getting into form as well so it’s a lot of positives for a 40/1 shot.
2 Points EW 40/1 6 places paddy/sky
In addition Beware the Bear looks a near certainty to get placed if he gets around here and 25/1 with 6 places giving 5/1 to place is far too big. This trip should be exactly what he wants and he can perform of this mark.
2 Points EW 25/1 6 places paddy/lads/sky
Gabrials record in big field handicaps is remarkable really for a horse that is always underestimated . He was as good as ever in the Lincoln and at 33/1 with 5 places here he just had to be bet.
2 points ew 33/1 6 places sky 5 places generally .
I think it’s worthwhile going for a small ew double on Gabriel and Beware the Bear due to their place chances being very good .
1 point ew double beware the bear & Gabriel