Bet365): Or Bleu and Oh Crick are progressing well but
Spectait is possibly the horse in the field with the most potential and we'll
take a chance with him. The negatives are his stable's form and that we could
get carried away by his reputation rather than his achievements. A smart
handicapper on the Flat, he was a warm order on his hurdling bow and came from
last to first under a cool ride to land the odds. The bare form is nothing out
of the ordinary and he failed to run to form at Cheltenham next time. However,
he still has an entry in the Supreme Novices' and we'll give him another chance.
Or Bleu battled on gamely to get the better of Van Galen at Newbury and clearly
doesn't lack resolve although he may not have much of a turn of foot. Oh Crick
has improved with each start and his narrow successes have meant that the
increments in his handicap mark have only been small; both could still be ahead
of the game. Market support for long-term absentee Call Oscar would bring him
into the equation but we'll take Spectait to get us off to a winning start.
Bet365): It's impossible to oppose Calgary
Bay here with Oscar Bay, Spare Cash and Beshabar three of the more obvious
each-way alternatives. Calgary Bay was beaten under 8 lengths behind
Breedsbreeze in the Tolworth Hurdle last time to prove that his impressive
defeat of Snap Tie and I'm Singingtheblues at Cheltenham was no flash in the
pan. He faces nothing of that quality in this field and this is a decent
opportunity to continue his education. Oscar Bay and Spare Cash have been
running well without winning and a similar scenario is likely to unfold today
whilst Beshabar has a mountain to climb under his penalty today and connections
feel that he may be better going left handed despite his victory here last time.
Connak wasn't far behind him last time and has viable claims of reversing the
form on these terms whilst Crashtown Hall is another to bear in mind but it
would be a major surprise if this were to go to anything other than Calgary Bay.