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Matthew Sutcliffe’s Cheltenham Value Punts – Boodles Fancy For Brassil is Too Big

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Matty Sutcliffe’s value book for Cheltenham is filling up by the week. With less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, he adds one more bet to the mix with a selection for Fastorslow’s trainer Martin Brassil in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Published: 1.15pm, 28th February (Odds correct at time of publication)

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Boodles – Ose Partir 40/1 Bet365 EW (5 places), 25/1 (generally) NRNB

Martin Brasil will be licking his lips at the prospect of Gold Cup glory with his flagship horse Fastorslow, but there’s one of his flying slightly under the radar in the Boodles in the form of OSE PARTIR

The son of Doha Dream, whose sire is relatively unknown in the National Hunt sphere (though is from the family of Coastal Path), was first and second on the flat as a two-year-old in France, latterly finishing second behind Prince De Paname who was subsequently five lengths behind Arc hero Ace Impact. He made a promising start to his National Hunt career when second at Galway, keeping on strongly after taking a keen hold. He was then pitched in a Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse going off at 6/1, though his keenness let him down once more. Brassil kept the faith and pitched him into a Grade 2 at Leopardstown, where he was held up in rear, settling much better and finishing a nine lengths ninth under tender enough handling up the straight. The form of that race has worked out nicely with the seventh and 11th finishing first and second next time out, the tenth going in since and the second taking the coveted Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle. 

Ose Partir probably found the latter Grade 1 too hot on his last start, and may have needed the run regardless. That said, he was ridden with a different target in mind and wasn’t given a hard time once the pace lifted. The experience of those Graded contests will have put him spot on for a handicap of this nature, and the quick pace of a Fred Winter will be suited to him if he pulls hard once more. 

At the prices, he looks serious value when judged on that Dublin Racing Festival form, as the third, fourth, sixth and seventh that day are all between a top priced 7/1-20/1. Ose Partir has been given a mark of 126, with the others from that DRF race rated between 130-139, and the tenth (Eagle Fang), is 14/1 and rated a pound higher, despite finishing two lengths behind One Partir off level weights that day.

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