It has been a whirlwind of a week and for all we’ve had a nice couple of winners and some good efforts in defeat, we could do with a strong finish today. Below we have selections in all races bar the Foxhunters, fingers crossed this lot can justify themselves on a cracking Gold Cup day ahead...
Redicean - A classy and improving juvenile whose jumping improved admirably from penultimate start to his latest romp in the Adonis. He travels strongly, has good speed figures and possesses a notable turn of foot; perhaps one Apple's Shakira & Co won’t be prepared for. Sure, the ground will be soft and that’s a bit of a worry for this flat type, but the fact remains he is unbeaten on soft ground over hurdles and he hasn’t left the impression that stamina will be an issue.
Spiritofthegames - Ran another cracker when 3rd in the Betfair Hurdle, backing up his 2nd in a hot Lanzarote Hurdle. The way the handicaps have been going this week, this may turn out to be another rout for the Irish, but I’m hopeful this lightly-raced and progressive hurdler can repeat the stable’s win in this race 2 years ago.
Santini - Produced a telling and sustained turn of foot to gun down Black Op (franked form behind Samcro on Wednesday) here on Trials’ Day and could be a top class staying prospect. Hot looking renewal but I reckon this fella could be a bit better than this lot.
Might Bite, Killultagh Vic - Might Bite is a big price at 9/2 considering his monstrous performance in the RSA Chase last year and indeed on the back of a measured and well executed build up to his big day. If he puts it all together today, he could put a stamp on an already memorable week and rout this field from the front under Nico De Boinville. There’s a whole host of dangers, but the one I’m leaning toward most is Killultagh Vic, to the extend I’m unable to leave him out of our position for the race, so look to take Might Bite out of the equation and back the Willie Mullins runner W/o Henderson’s King George winner. He was very unlucky to come down at the last in the Irish Gold Cup, he’ll absolutely love the conditions and we know he handles the track after his Martin Pipe win here in 2015. This is only his 4th start over fences, but that wouldn’t worry me because he has a superb attitude to racing and plenty of proven class to boot.
Carter McKay - Flopped her last year when going off at a short price for the bumper, but this 7yo has shaped with considerable promise in a couple of good Novice hurdles and he looks interesting handicapped off 138 here. Willie Mullins’ athletic grey jumps really well, handles soft ground and if he takes to the track this time around, he should run a very solid race on the back of an ideal build up to his handicap debut here.
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