Andrew Mount heads to Cheltenham for the bulk of his bets on Saturday, which include a confident each-way pick in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
NOT THAT FUISSE has caught the eye from off the pace in three beginners/novice chases and looks very interesting now handicapping in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (1.55). He found only Al Dancer too good in a handicap hurdle at this meeting last season and that rival’s mark subsequently shot up by 22lb. Not That Fuisse is only 6lb higher and a clear round should see him in the first four, making Monday’s antepost offer of 12-1 look very tempting.
Lizzie Kelly is convinced that MONSIEUR LECOQ can make up into a genuine Champion Hurdle contender this season and the five-year-old – trained by her mother Jane Williams – can cause a minor upset in the Grade 2 Unibet International Stakes (3.05). He ran a fine race in the Greatwood Hurdle last month, doing best of those to race up with the pace in a half-length third of 14. The slightly smaller field will suit – his record in fields of 11 or fewer runners since his British debut reads U111 (3-4) – and his stable traditionally does well at this time of year.
I also want to back CH’TIBELLO who won the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival despite racing closer to the inside rail than was ideal. He didn’t quite see out the 2m4f trip when beaten less than two lengths into third in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle next time and he’s likely to be fit enough on his first start for 254 days.
INDEFATIGABLE was the horse I tipped up n this column for the Daen Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham festival. She didn’t quite reward each-way support that day but did best of the British-trained runners in a 33-1 fifth of 22. She rompoed home at a much shorter price (5-4 favourite) in a four-runner Listed contest back at the Cheltenham in April and has caught the eye in both starts this term. She ran a 20-1 fifth of 16 in a hot handicap hurdle at Chepstow on her return to action and found only Lady Buttons too good when returning to mares’ only company at Wetherby last time. That was an especially good effort, as she raced on the slower ground towards the inside rail whereas the winner kept wide. The Park Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.40) should be run to suit and she looks solid each-way material.
THE GAME OF LIFE could never get into the race on his recent debut for the Michael Herrington yard, coming home just under eight lengths behind the winner in a 20-1 tenth of 11. That run isn’t as bad as it seems – the race was run to suit those on the front end and a few of the other hold-up horses have run well since. His trainer does well with recent acquisitions on the all-weather when they have their second start for the yard, scoring with five of the 21 qualifiers since 2012 for a profit of £11.50 to a £1 level stake (six of the 15 beaten horses were placed).
ANDREW MOUNT’S BEST BETS
Not That Fuisse 2pts each-way (1.55 Cheltenham) 8/1 Unibet
Monsieur Lecoq 1pt win (3.05 Cheltenham) 14-1 BetVictor
Ch’tibello 1pt win (3.05 Cheltenham) 4-1 William Hill
Indefatigable 1pt each-way (3.40 Cheltenham) 8/1 Coral
The Game Of Life 0.5pt each-way (5.50 Wolverhampton) 33/1 bet365
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