It's no surprise Yanworth is stepping up in trip for Saturday after his disappointing run in the Champion Hurdle, but 13/8 isn't something to get too excited about.
Hopefully any watering won't scupper the chances of Cole Harden, and he deserves his ground after another sterling effort at Cheltenham. He made that a proper test, and there's only one way he goes. He is looking to go one better than his second in this back in 2015.
Using Each Way Edge, two can be thrown in here. The first is Snow Falcon, who is quite a tricky horse to work out. He can travel strongly through his races, yet other times he looks as though he wants a real test. He got that in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and was going as well as anything at the second last, but he didn't find an awful lot. Maybe Prestbury Park is not his track, but he looked a player at the top of the hill in that race.
Snow Falcon is a Grade 2 winner who has promised quite a lot in his career. The jumping is sometimes a problem, and he fell in the Long Distance Hurdle at the third last when travelling strongly. However, at times, his hurdling has looked better this term.
Using 4 Places on the Edge doesn't excite me much at 9/1, and I'll give him a chance with more of a test of speed with the way he travels, so will reduce to 2 Places to increase the odds to 16/1. He needs to deliver now.
The other is a complete "Monaco or Bust" horse. Different Gravey ran down the field in this last year, and a chasing campaign was aborted after a complete catalogue of horrors in a novice at Cheltenham earlier in the season.
His latest return to hurdles was equally as bad at Fontwell, but he won a handicap by 16 lengths from 149 last term - and subsequently went up to 160 - so he is up to this class. He was 2/1 and 8/11 for his latest two runs, today he is 20/1. He might have lost the plot, but Each Way Edge at 4 Places at 15/1 is worth a look. He didn't race at the Cheltenham Festival, so he has a bit of freshness on his side.
With 40 runners and a couple of picks at 50/1, this is where Each Way Edge is of great benefit. Either side of the standard 5 Places, you can drop down to 3 Places to increase your odds, or you can decrease the price but widen to a maximum 7 Places here - and it's a match made in heaven. Now we just have to find the right horses.
This has been the target for Shantou Flyer this term, and he looked an interesting candidate when outstaying Village Vic in a Cheltenham handicap from a mark of 149 earlier this season. I've been with him for a while, and outlined his claims last month in the antepost column.
Doubts about his stamina have been raised, but I think he'll stay, and he certainly looked a stayer when winning as a novice over 3m when trained by Colin Bowe. I also think he has a bit more pace than just a plodder, and with a couple of runs over shorter and a nice break, he's had a decent prep for this under new handler Rebecca Curtis.
Using The Edge, 7 Places each way 1/4 at 25/1 really does appeal, whilst dropping down to 3 Places gives 80/1.
The other decent odds involve Wounded Warrior, and if Noel Meade can get him right, he is a class act. However, he is 50/1, and he's that for a reason. You wouldn't back him following his run in the Bobbyjo, neither the effort in the Thyestes, nor the Lexus. Big negatives.
But this horse was quality in his younger days, and mixed it with top-class opponents. I like the angle of these Gigginstown performers that haven't cut it in Grade 1s going handicapping, and from a mark of 153, he has a new test - and that could spark him into life. He needs a big revival.
And revivals do happen, look at vinyl and Rick Astley.
He is 60/1 for 4 Places using Each Way Edge, and dropping down to 3 Places gives 80/1 at 1/4 odds. He certainly has the back-class to get into the first seven here, and the 7 Places can be taken at 25/1 - which is the bet I like the most.
How I yearn for the John Ferguson Godolphin jumping project. The spirit lives on however with Chesterfield - who moved from Ferguson to new trainer Seamus Mullins back in November. And he is nicely treated on his form from his days under the Bloomfield banner.
Not many for this race can boast such an illustrious pedigree as this fellow; with Pivotal as his sire and a Dubai Millennium dam. Not that it means much for this anyway.
He had a while off the track, and in a light campaign for Mullins had shown nothing in his first two runs - one of which came over a totally unsuitable 2m5f.
However, Chesterfield showed his first bit of form last time out at Newbury behind Remiluc, and he can build on that from a mark of 132. That was good sign, highlighting that he was something like the horse that won a handful of novices races in the past. He definitely showed that he is up to winning off that sort of mark and his ability is still there.
He is a 10/1 chance with the standard 4 Places, but moving down to 3 Places using Each Way Edge for 12/1 makes him the bet for the finale.
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