Finian's Oscar was highly impressive on his chasing debut at Chepstow, comfortably accounting for a reasonable field with any amount in hand at the line. However, the time was again modest, a common occurrence in his runs over hurdles, and he may be vulnerable to the likes of William Henry and in particular MOVEWITHTHETIMES (Cheltenham, 2.25) who appears capable of troubling one of the most hyped horses in training.
Two miles on decent ground was always likely to prove an insufficient test on his chasing bow for the Betfair Hurdle runner-up who was sadly ruled out of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 11th hour. It proved that way as he was readily left behind by a front-running rival that day, but the step up in trip and softer ground can see him post a bold show and he looks the value play with that Prestbury Park experience behind him.
A comprehensive winner over hurdles at today’s venue earlier in his career, Kapstadt has only tried fences twice so a lack of experience is a slight concern with him pitched in against some seasoned handicappers here. However, his second outing over the larger obstacles at Ludlow was a marked improvement on his opening Stratford salvo and a mark of 127 may prove a shade lenient as he dips into handicap chases for the first time.
A stiffer test of stamina could be just what the five-year-old requires at this stage of his career and he won’t mind any of the forecast showers either.
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