Bigger fields and more handicaps make Ffos Las the most attractive Placepot option on Saturday.
"Oscar Sunset is our first choice in the Welsh Champion Hurdle, having plenty of recent form in the mud and sure to be suited by this big-field scenario."
12:55 - There are bigger battles ahead, so with this novice having little in the way of solid propositions besides Souriyan we'll take that one in the hope of a cheap-and-easy passage. He's already done it around Fontwell and Exeter, courses that get nearly as testing as Ffos Las, so he should find conditions suitable.
13:30 - Village Vic is one to swerve for us, having endured a hard race on his return from a lengthy absence just two weeks ago. Foxbridge is better, having recent course form to his name and the right way of going about things for this course. Timesawastin gets in too, back on a good mark now and coming back to near his best over further at Newbury last time.
14:05 - Oscar Sunset is our first choice in the Welsh Champion Hurdle, having plenty of recent form in the mud and sure to be suited by this big-field scenario. Virtuel d'Oudon makes a sound backup as he could have gone up more than 9 lb for his win last time and he should be effective at two and a half miles with the emphasis on stamina.
14:40 - From the Champion Hurdle to the National in 35 minutes. Global Power has run well on both starts this winter facing similar conditions and has shaped as though, if anything, this more exacting test will suit him even better. Gorgehous Lliege has already proved himself over extreme trips, winning the Southern National in November, and he might even have taken the Sussex equivalent last time under more restrained handling.
15:10 - There's just enough doubt about Cyclop dropping back in trip to leave him out. Instead we'll go with Mr Fitzroy, who's bound to be suited by coming back to two miles, and War Singer, a confirmed two-miler on a good run of form.
15:45 - Hughesie has been given a BHA mark already, so you imagine that his marked step up in trip for this fourth start is a statement of intent. With him already boasting the best form in the field, he makes most sense as a banker with improvement bound to come from the increased emphasis on stamina.
12:55 - 7
13:30 - 5, 9
14:05 - 5, 6
14:40 - 7, 10
15:10 - 1, 7
15:45 - 3
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