The current second favourite is YORKHILL but he’ll not be in this race. It’s the current third favourite catching my eye, CHARBEL.
If ALTIOR was not lining up then this horse would be clear favourite.
He is very much on the blindside of most I suspect simply because of the Henderson horse but just look at his form.
Last time out he was beaten six lengths by ALTIOR but you have to remember, that horse has a higher rating as a novice than SPRINTER SACRE had at this stage so, no mean feat getting that close off level weights.
Look that the form of his last three runs in the UK, over hurdles.
Was second to the current Champion Hurdle favourite YANWORTH, beaten less than three lengths before going on to beat the current Champion Hurdle fourth favourite, BRIAN POWER, by 11 lengths, then running ALTIOR to 12 lengths in the Supreme Novices.
His hurdling form is right up there with the best and has already shown he’s as good as any novice over fences, bar ALTIOR.
He’s a true Grade 1 performer and whilst I fully expect Profiling to tell me the favourite is a certain if he stands up, I fully expect a big run from this horse and have had a nice e.w. bet at the 16/1 with Betfred.
That price must go soon as YORKHILL will go for the JLT, I’m sure.