A Class 4 staying novices’ hurdle which has attracted some big yards. Read on for expert analysis and betting tips.
IN SUMMARY: KINGS RYDE won with the minimum of fuss on hurdling debut and can go in again under a penalty. Mon Palois also shoulders a penalty and may not quite have the potential of Nicky Henderson’s runner.
1 KINGS RYDE – Was noticeably short in the market when third behind a stablemate on rules debut back in June. He was then sent off odds-on for his hurdling bow and made no mistake bolting up by 19 lengths. Needs respecting for the all-conquering Nicky Henderson.
2 MON PALOIS – Won a point-to-point before transferring to the Kim Bailey yard and has been running as if a step up in trip is exactly what he needs. He managed to win over shorter distances regardless, so he is clearly talented and a player here.
3 ONE FORTY SEVEN – Won a point-to-point before running in four hurdles races last year and being beaten each time. He has retained his novice status, however, and has a bit of an experience advantage over these, he will need to step up though as this looks like a decent race.
4 PISTOL SHOOT – 0-5 in point-to-points before switched to hurdles. He was beaten on his debut, but picked up a first career win at Stratford over two miles. Now stepped up back to a seven furlong longer trip he has something to prove, but isn’t ruled out.
5 RESILIENCY – Slightly out of form on the flat before switching to hurdles, however he was still a fair performer in that sphere. He was beaten a long way on hurdles debut, but that experience will have done him good and he is in good hands. Considered.
6 THE OGLE GOGLE MAN – Won a point-to-point at the fifth time of asking and makes his hurdles debut here. A bit of an unknown quantity, but he takes on some decent looking opposition here and would have to be decidedly useful to be winning this.
7 TRUCKERS TRANGLE – Beaten a long way in all his starts over hurdles to date and would have to show major improvement to be involved in any way here. Others are readily preferred.