Jury Duty (10/1) has plenty going for him in terms of form, having picked up some creditable results this season in high quality company. The five year old was unfancied at the start of the season, going off at long odds twice, but finishing third behind fellow festival hopefuls Nambour and Disko in separate races. He then won a very competitive two and a half miler at Navan in February, leaving yesterday’s Martinstown Series favourite Go Darsi Go three lengths behind in second. He showed his promise once again on his last run, coming in eight lengths behind Coney Island on his maiden three miler. With Jack Kennedy booked and some solid form in the bag, plus plenty of potential for improvement, he looks a solid Each Way bet.
Course and distance winner Rathpartick (15/2) has made his way to the head of the betting for this large field handicap, after putting in an eye catching display in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, finishing just over three lengths behind in sixth. However, he did get the run of the race that day at a huge price, and in this field he just doesn’t look value at any single figure price.
Robert Tyner will be encouraged by Fairly Legal‘s (14/1) good performances so far this season, having won one and placing well in the other three of his four outings since November. He was a convincing winner of a 2 mile 3 furlong contest at Naas, beating fellow entrant Haymount (14/1) by a little over eleven lengths. The six year old was favourite again for his last race at the same track, but struggled in the heavy ground and eventually finished fourth. He’s only attempted three miles once, when winning a Point-To-Point on decent ground in the winter of 2014, and there a few too many question marks over him with the ground for our liking.
After beating a strong field over 26 furlongs at Musselburgh in February, Cup Final (20/1) was enlisted as the antepost favourite for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. A few jumping mistakes put paid to his chances of a festival win and he was eventually pulled up before the last, but he will be nice and fresh for this one, having skipped the big meeting at Aintree. He clearly prefers ground with a bit of give, so if a bit of rain comes in the build up to the race, he could be a big each-way danger.