StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 To be run over just short of three miles of the new course this is the final of an ongoing series of qualifiers run throughout the season. Qualification has been amended this season with a horse having to finish in the first four in one of the qualifiers. Gordon Elliott has an excellent record in the race winning three of the last five renewals. Lightly raced horses have a good record in the race with 9 of the last 11 winners having run ten times or fewer over hurdles. Last year's winner Third Wind (25/1) broke a six year run for Irish trained winners as well as being the biggest prices winner for nine years. Current favourite for this stamina test is the Charlie Byrne’s trained Shoot First who hasn’t been seen since landing a gamble over course and distance back in October. He’s been shunted up 8lb for that success but does look rather skinny at the front of the market currently. Nicky Henderson’s Walking On Air is up 5lb for his win at Exeter in February and as a lightly raced six year old fits the stats as one so inexperienced. Henderson also has Steal A March here who won a qualifier at Wincanton on Boxing Day and is a consistent sort owned by The King and HM The Queen Consort as well as Captain Morgs who looked impressive winning over the course and distance back in December. As already mentioned Irish handler Gordon Elliott has an excellent record in the race and has six currently entered with Maxxum, who won a Leopardstown qualifier with consummate ease over Christmas, towards the top of the market. He does however have to put a poor showing at the same track five weeks later behind him where he came back with graze on his leg. He’s also been re-assessed to the tune of 18lb. Maybe of more interest is Salvador Ziggy who’s not been seen since October when fourth to the aforementioned Shoot First beaten 4L and is now 8lb better off with that one. Good ground seems important to him and if getting his optimum conditions can go well. Another Irish challenger who can run well is the Gavin Cromwell trained Perceval Legallois who won the Leopardstown qualifier which Maxxum flopped in. Owned by JP McManus he looks a major player here. McManus also has the David Pipe trained Thanksforthehelp who won on the bridle in the final qualifier at Chepstow in late February off of a mark of 117 and will need to be given a fair rise to get into the contest. If he does he too can be a major player. Willie Mullins has Shewearsitwell here as well as in the Mares Hurdle on the opening day and if taking this route would have obvious claims. Charlie Longsdon is having a good season and is likely to saddle his consistent mare Glimpse Of Gala who although on the small side is very tough and comes here following wins at Kempton and Warwick. He’s formed a great partnership with 7lb conditional jockey Bradley Roberts who will be disappointed if not getting the call up to ride here. She’s a player for sure. Back in third and looking held was another Gordon Elliott runner in Level Neverending. As one would expect a typically wide open handicap with the Irish holding major claims once again. At the current prices there maybe be some each way value with the Charlie Longsdon trained Glimpse Of Gala who acts on any ground and is as tough as nails. Punters Lounge Tip: Glimpse Of Gala EW @ 20/1 1/5 12345 NR NB at BetVictor - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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