Post Racing members and Cheltenham Special subscribers that were on board in 2015 will remember this as being the race in which “the one” was punted at double figure prices before cruising home at 8/1.
It is the best handicap of the week and nobody will forget the race in 2009 when profiling suggested WICHITA LINEMAN as being the bet and Tony McCoy produced the best ride I have ever seen to win that race for us @ 5/1.
I couldn’t find last years winner though because I couldn’t have a maiden over fences on my mind. You have to go back to 1989 to find the next one.
Profiling is going to be the best way into this, as it is for all top quality racing, that has enough empirical data to work with and I’ll be working like a dervish to have the first day ready for you on Monday week.
Right now we have several with multiple entries looking to take this in but the one thing I can say right now is, avoid the favourite on the day. Only one has managed to win this in the last 10 years.
I’d not be executing to much of a shock result either though. Only three of the last 10 winners went off bigger than 14/1 so concentrate on those close to the head of the market on the morning of the race.
THE DRUIDS NEPHEW takes this race in again this season but he’s now a double figure age and has not won since that great day.
Jonjo O’Neill has trained three of the last eight winners so whatever he has entered needs a look. David pipe’s runners also need an eye casting over them as he’s saddled two of the last 10. Right now he has CHAMPERS ON ICE in the ante-post lists but I see him as being more likely to go for the National Hunt Chase over four miles.
That horse is interesting whichever race they put him in.