Betting Gods Sponsored Race: 3.40 Worcester
Betting Gods are proud to be sponsoring another race on Tuesday, and the 2 mile 7 furlong class 4 bettinggods.com novice hurdle features none other than former Cheltenham Festival winner Hunt Ball. He faces just 4 rivals in what should be a compelling small-field contest, and you can read below whether we think he’s a good thing to win our race.
Hunt Ball 7/4
Nicky Henderson’s 10-year-old may be twice the age of 3 of his 4 rivals, but it’s debatable whether any of them will progress enough to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival as he did in 2012. Since then he’s continued to post some high-class chase performances off marks in the 150’s. However, after winning two novice hurdles (one over course and distance), he bids for a hat-trick in this discipline officially rated 135 over the smaller obstacles. Should love the forecast good-to-firm ground, but his table is cold at the moment with 0/11.
She’s Late 3/1
Jonjo O’Neill’s 5-year-old is officially rated 11lb behind Hunt Ball, but gets only 7lb due to the penalty stipulations of this race. More worrying is the trip, as he’s not looked to be crying out for a step-up to this distance, and his flat-win over 11-furlongs also suggests he might be better at shorter. Stable in fair form with 3 winners from last 16 runners.
Airpur Desbois 16/1
Really hard to make a case for Charlie Mann’s charge as he was beaten at odds of 33/1 in what looked an easier race last time. He finished 4 lengths behind a 111 rated horse then, and it will be a major shock if he wins this.
Mont Choisty 9/4
The 5-year-old has won both his course starts for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, a NH Flat race and a hurdle over course and distance. The form of his hurdle win has worked out well with the runner-up beating a 110 rated hurdler next time out by 15 lengths, suggesting that a mark of 118 could seriously underestimate him. Only 3lb wrong at the weights with Hunt Ball, and trainer is in form with 2 winners from last 8 runners.
Mrs Jordan 16/1
Rated 110 at best, but beaten 13 lengths off a mark of 102 last time – and shouldn’t be winning this.
Whilst Hunt Ball has an obvious chance off a hurdle rating 20lb lower than his chase mark, the poor form of his trainer Nicky Henderson is a major concern. With that in mind, the concession of a stone to the improving Mont Choisty might just prove too much.
Mont Choisty @ 9/4 (Betfair Sportsbook)