Badger Beer pair have nice chances
Rubaud will take a lot of beating
Knappers Hill can go close
Frodon and Three have Badger Beer chance
Frodon is aiming to win the Badger Beer Chase for a consecutive time and, while Paul is a little concerned about the rain, he thinks both of his runners have a good chance in the race.
He said: "Frodon won this race (14:25 Wincanton) last year on good to firm ground so the rain we have had this morning is not ideal. It is making me pull my hair out. If it is dry this afternoon and tomorrow morning the ground may just be soft or good to soft in places. Frodon will be ok on that but he is better on slightly better ground.
"Threeunderthrufive ran very well in the Scottish National and stays well, so if it is a stamina test tomorrow I think he has a nice chance. He has had a wind-op since he last ran."
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Three more great chances on the day
In the Elite Hurdle at 15:00 Rubaud and Harry Cobden bid to continue their excellent partnership.
Paul said: "Rubaud ran very well at Kempton in his preparation race for this. He is fit and well. He is another who has always been better on better ground, although he did well on soft at Kempton last year, but he is fit and well and should take all the beating."
Knappers Hill (13:50) also looks sharp after his recent second at Chepstow.
Paul said: "He has won on soft, over hurdles at Sandown in the spring, but the dryer the better for him. He needed his run at Chepstow. If he jumps well he will go very close.
Huelgoat (13:15) did well last year over fences and ran a lovely race on his debut a month ago in a valuable novices' hurdle.
Which horse is Paul's best chance on Saturday?
"It's tough to pick the best chance as there are lots of good ones. Rubaud is probably the obvious one. He will take all the beating."
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