Tuesday 17 October 2017

RACE-BY-RACE GUIDE

1.30 Triumph Hurdle

Our Conor proved himself as the best juvenile hurdler in Ireland when easily taking a Group One at Leopardstown last month and one of the horses he beat that day, Flaxen Flare, has franked the form by winning the Fred Winter on Wednesday. He'll take all the beating in the opener at 3/1.

2.05 County Handicap Hurdle

A tricky race to figure out, the dual-purpose gelding Kian's Delight is worth a second look at 25/1. He had a spin on the all-weather at Kempton recently to keep him fit and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him settle for minor honours.

2.40 Albert Bartlett

The Rebecca Curtis-trained At Fishers Cross has now won four in-a-row and the horse he beat here on trials day, The New One, won Wednesday's novice hurdle. A cracking prospect at 9/4.

3.20 Gold Cup

An intriguing renewal where a strong case could be made for a number of horses, including Sir Des Champs, Silviniaco Conti and Long Run. But the way Bobs Worth performed when beating subsequent Lexus Chase winner Tidal Bay in the Hennessy at Newbury stands out and his course form is a major plus.

4.0 CGA Foxhunter Chase

Chapoturgeon is taken to reverse the placings with last year's winner Salsify. The selection was held off the pace a little too long last year but still produced a noble effort in defeat by a length when asked to kick on. Lessons have been learned and he can go one better today.

4.40 Martin Pipe H'cap Hurdle

Gordon Elliott's Toner D'Oudairies has been running reasonably well over fences without setting the world alight, but he can make his presence felt back over the smaller obstacles. Second in this race last year, he still has improvement to come and should be worth a small each-way punt at 10/1.

5.15 Grand Annual Chase

Oh Crick won this race in 2009 and while it's over a year since he's seen the winner's enclosure, he wasn't disgraced when fourth last time out in the Rifles Handicap Chase. He may just sneak a place at 20/1.

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