Bets Of The Day: Cyrus can score at Wetherby

Who will win this year's renewal of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow?
Who will win this year's renewal of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow?

Alan Dudman is hoping Cyrus Darius can show his class at Wetherby on Wednesday, and he also picks a double-figure priced selection for the Welsh Grand National on ITV4...

"He fits the profile nicely here of a progressive horse who loves heavy conditions, and he heads to Chepstow following a personal best run over fences in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton last time."

Back Final Nudge @ 15.50 in the 14:50 at Chepstow

14:05 Wetherby - Back Cyrus Darius @ 5.04/1

Malcolm Jefferson's Cyrus Darius has always looked a classy type with the way he smoothly travels, and he looks the bet at around 5.04/1 for Wetherby's 14:05.

A mark of 143 for his second handicap run over fences probably underestimates his ability, as he was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles in his novice days. He also won a Morebattle at Kelso impressively by seven lengths in really taking fashion when rated 145 - so he is very well treated today.

He ran in last term's Champion Hurdle, but given his size and raw ability, he is a chaser through-and-through and made no mistake in his seasonal reappearance at Ayr to win a handicap.

Last time out at Haydock was disappointment in a Graduation Chase, but he made a bad mistake four from home and was effectively out of the contest after the error. That came over 2m6f in heavy ground, and he is dropping down to 2m today.

For a huge horse, he has plenty of pace and can settle races with a nice turn of foot, so I am not too bothered about the big step down in trip. He's an exciting horse who is versatile with the ground.


14:50 Chepstow - Back Final Nudge @ 15.50

Heavy ground and an out-and-out slog are the orders of the day for the feature Welsh Grand National on ITV4, and while my shortlist for this consisted of quite a few - the final selection goes the way of the David Dennis-trained Final Nudge.

He fits the profile nicely here of a progressive horse who loves heavy conditions, and he heads to Chepstow following a personal best run over fences in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton last time - a race in which he was beaten in-running at 1.17 behind Present Man.

That was a proper test, and a break of 46 days since that reappearance should have him spot on here.

The eight-year-old loved a stamina race as a novice, and he came onto my radar with a couple of wins at Newbury and Hereford. His effort in Chase The Spud's Midlands Grand National when tipping up four out puts him into the mix here, as he looked a danger there.

Operating now from a mark of 145, he has only eight chase runs under his belt, so there is untapped potential there granted a real slog. After all, as a hurdler he ran second to Unowhatimeanharry in the Albert Bartlett Trial back in 2015.


*Please Note: The Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow has now been abandoned due to a waterlogged course


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