Harry Findlay is perhaps most well-known for being part owner of the mighty Denman. Always a straight-talker, he’s never been shy to let his opinion known. Having made his fortunes as a professional gambler, it’s fair to say he knows what he’s talking about. It could prove wise to take note of what the man says. In a recent interview, Findlay provided his verdict on the Stayers’ Hurdle.
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Findlay is convinced that Blazing Khal is the most likely winner of the Stayers’ Hurdle and has singled him out as his best bet of the week. He said: “Blazing Khal at 11-4 in the Stayers’ Hurdle. He looks the best value of the week at this stage and I’ve had a proper punt on him, non-runner no bet.” I for one certainly don’t blame him as the fragile yet extremely talented horse must have a huge chance.
Blazing Khal was a very useful novice hurdler, beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Gelino Bello twice at Cheltenham, over 2m5f and three miles. He defied a monster 428-day absence to burst into the Stayers’ Hurdle picture by winning the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan earlier this month.
That was a statement performance and those thoughts were echoed by Findlay. He Added: “I think Blazing Khal looks different speed and he’ll destroy them, so I had a big bet on him, non-runner no bet, straight after his win at Navan last time. I understand he’s not the soundest of horses, so the ‘NRNB’ concession is important, but I think he should be nearer 2-1 than the 11-4 you can get at the moment.”
Connections face a race against time to get him to Cheltenham, having suffered a small setback. If they can get him there in one piece, primed and ready; he could prove difficult to beat.
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