Providing he can avoid mishap Gee Hi appears a penalty kick of the German variety.
Typical of his trainer, VENITIEN DE MAI (best price 3/1)
is proper, old-fashioned chasing type and he finally gets the chance to strut his stuff over the larger obstacles following a more than usual first season over hurdles. Although he only managed to win one of his five starts, Jim Dreaper’s inmate bumped into plenty of smart performers in his four defeats, most notably, the likes of Roi De Francs and Vedettariat. As the son of Network has already had a couple of spins around today’s track, it seems a sensible idea to start him off at a place where he’s acquired valuable experience and that knowledge, hopefully on top of a clear round of jumping, should make him hard to beat on chasing debut.
Venitien De Mai - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt
Warren Greatrex’s team is just beginning to show signs of cranking up into top gear and one of those responsible for the performance levels going up a notch is GEE HI (best price 10/11)
, who scored with embarrassing ease at Bangor last week. Very lightly-raced for a nine-year-old, the son of Milan made a mockery of his lenient mark over fences by winning by an eased-down 24 wickets and even allowing for a statutory 7lb penalty, he still looks incredibly well treated on the evidence of the display. Clearly the drop back to the minimum trip reaped maximum rewards and providing he can avoid mishap, he appears a penalty kick of the German variety.
Gee Hi - 2pt @ 10/11Lost -2pt
BANCNUANAHEIREANN (best price 7/1)
is a no-nonsense, no-frills type that often gets underestimated in the market and that snobbery allowed him to go off a generous 14/1 when winning here last week despite several previously solid efforts. In overcoming a front-running track bias at the Essex venue, Michael Appleby’s charge ran down the pace-setting Croquembouche in the latter stages - in the process, posting some of his best set of career figures. Being a long-striding son of Chevalier, it’s no surprise that he has a terrific record on synthetic surfaces and that trend looks set to continue as he returns to the scene of last week’s victory.
Bancnuanaheireann - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Won 4.2pt