Saturday 17 March 2018

Carlito's the way to go at haydock

The weekly pursuit of the Scoop6 bet in Britain has become so obsessive that Channel 4's television coverage is beginning to suffer.

The broadcaster, which put a succession of tough handicaps before us last Saturday, takes a similar approach with races supporting the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

The English Tote, which runs the Scoop6, seems desperate to secure weekly rollovers to boost the pot. But true fans of racing are badly served when races like the Betfair Hurdle (1.50) are ignored by Channel 4. Some live Champion Hurdle hopes are in action.

None is more enticing than Clerk's Choice, which glided to victory from decent opposition at Cheltenham last time.

However, that race fell into his lap when Barizan and Ultimate, which reoppose today, helped to force an unsustainable early gallop.

I am keen to oppose Clerk's Choice here -- and willingly do so with Carlito Brigante, from Gordon Elliott's flourishing stable.

Carlito Brigante looks held by Barizan which, after finishing ahead of him in the Triumph Hurdle, left the selection well adrift in winning at Punchestown.

But with Barizan lacklustre this term, Carlito Brigante represents good value to extract revenge.

Irish Independent

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