Betfair Hurdle Weekend | Large-priced Champ within the function

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Betfair Hurdle weekend all the time gives a great degree of clues for the Cheltenham Pageant because it’s one of many closing stops earlier than bounce racing’s Olympics.

Though rain has decimated racing at each Warwick and Uttoxeter, Newbury and Naas are match to proceed and, as such, I’ve just a few fancies to contemplate.


1:30 Newbury – Emitom @ 9/2 with William Hill Win

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Regardless of his age of 10 and the actual fact he was as soon as rated 155, nobody can fault the shape that Emitom is in.

Since becoming a member of Alan King’s yard from Warren Greatrex, the Grade 1-placed gelding has improved 10 kilos from one victory and two seconds.

Saint Davy fluffs the final however is in the end too good for Emitom within the @RacingTV Handicap Hurdle because the seven-year-old scores on handicap debut for the @JJONeillJnr and @JonjoONeill mixture 🥇

— Ludlow Racecourse (@LudlowRaceClub) January 5, 2024

His success on secure debut at Newbury in March 2023 noticed him beat Hyland, a horse who has improved 13 kilos since, and his second to Saint Davy final outing has obtained a type increase because the winner gained the precious Heroes Handicap Hurdle at Sandown final weekend.

Up simply two kilos for that effort at Ludlow in January, he has an ideal Newbury report (two wins and one second) and will relish tender situations.


3:15 Newbury – Our Champ @ 33/1 with William Hill EW

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Firstly of the week, I highlighted Our Champ as an attention-grabbing outsider for the Betfair Hurdle, and my opinion of him has failed to alter.

The six-year-old has improved markedly since becoming a member of Chris Gordon from Paul Henderson, notably attributable to his two successes in the direction of the beginning of the season.

First Cheltenham winner for Freddie Gordon as Our Champ wins the Monetary Improvement Handicap Hurdle 👏

— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) October 27, 2023

The ultimate one of many pair occurred at Cheltenham when he danced in below Freddie Gordon – who was claiming three kilos because of the situations of the race – off a mark of 117.

Three barely underwhelming runs since has the Champs Elysees gelding again on a mark of 124, although Freddie Gordon is ready to declare 5 kilos at this time.

A return to that Cheltenham type is required, however connections have hopefully sorted out a small wind challenge as at this time is his first run after a wind-op and he’s additionally racing with a tongue tie.

If he handles the bottom, which is a slight unknown, then he can definitely outrun his odds.


3:15 Newbury – Altobelli @ 7/1 with William Hill EW

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Nonetheless, though Our Champ deserves an enormous shout for the Betfair Hurdle, this week’s massive amount of rain means Altobelli can also be one to maintain onside.

Sadly for Harry Fry and connections, the bottom turned to be a bit too fast at Ascot on his final begin, but he ran a belter to complete second to Luccia and Impose Toi, two top-class Nicky Henderson horses.

Held on! Luccia wins the Betfair Alternate Trophy at @Ascot for Paul O’Brien and @sevenbarrows!

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) December 23, 2023

The Betfair Alternate Trophy was definitely his season-long plan, so his promising second on seasonal debut was a nice shock.

Moreover, ignoring his disappointing effort in a Grade 1 at Aintree, the Maxios gelding continues to be unexposed and he even beat Ginny’s Future in an Exeter bumper which is nice type.

Seven locations with William Hill is beneficiant, so a double-pronged assault of him and Our Champ is my angle into the Betfair Hurdle.


3:40 Naas – Riviere D’Etel @ 7/2 with BetVictor Win

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Anybody who is aware of just a little bit about my cliff horses will recognize the love I’ve for Riviere D’etel, so I’m excited to see her again out at this time.

She brought on a slight shock – primarily based in the marketplace – to bolt up at Fairyhouse on her final begin, although her type with Captain Guinness from the final two renewals of the Fortria Chase places her within the combine for any high-level mares’ chase.

Captain Guinness is again to successful methods, seeing off the plucky Riviere D’etel to win the G2 Fortria Chase on his seasonal reappearance 🏇@rachaelblackmor | @HenrydeBromhead | @NavanRacecourse

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 13, 2022

Moreover, though a return to a left-handed monitor isn’t excellent, she ran nicely in final 12 months’s Grade 2 Mares’ Chase on the Cheltenham Pageant earlier than falling and he or she has good type at Leopardstown from her novice chasing season.

Her leaping to the fitting is accounted into the worth, however her type over two miles places her proper there and each Allegorie De Vassy and Maskada must reply some questions.


3:50 Newbury – Hometown Boy @ 8/1 with William Hill EW

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Though his profession has had its bumps within the highway, there’s an opportunity that Hometown Boy might make use of his present ranking of 135.

The nine-year-old had 929 days off the monitor between his Aintree success off 137 over hurdles in April 2021 and his chase debut at Carlisle in October 2023.

👏 Truthful play to @CM_Gethings

Down on his nostril on the final, Hometown Boy is gathered up by the jockey to supply coach Stuart Edmunds with a second winner of the 2021 Randox Grand Nationwide Pageant at @AintreeRaces

Outcomes & free replays ➡

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 10, 2021

His 22-length defeat might look unhealthy on paper, however he was travelling nicely on the entrance of the sector earlier than he overreached on the fourth-last.

Stuart Edmunds and the group have given him loads of time after his seasonal reappearance which ought to negate any ‘bounce issue’, and his novice hurdle type when second to McFabulous might make him well-treated off his present mark.

The bottom ought to be no challenge – his half-brother, Walkinthewoods, produced his greatest type on tender floor – and he even comes from the identical household as Simon, John Spearing’s 2007 Racing Submit Trophy winner who achieved a peak ranking of 152.

Author: Patrick Thomas