Andy has a two-point nap in the four-runner novices' hurdle at Perth.
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (best price 11/8)
proved that he learnt plenty from his first start this season when making no mistake at Leopardstown next time out and he seemingly holds all the aces with race experience and fitness on his side. Breaking alertly at the Dublin venue, Aidan O’Brien’s inmate dictated a decent pace until rounding the home turn and from that point onwards he showed a nice turn of foot to quicken away from his field. With the time figure very respectable and the third horse home, The Gurkha, advertising the form in no uncertain terms with a nine length success next time, the son of Galileo can put his Derby credentials firmly in the shop window.
Claudio Monteverdi - 2pt @ 11/8Lost -2pt
The EBF Final has always been a race worth following over the years and the class of 2016 have done nothing the dispel that notion since it was run back on March 12. Of those that finished in behind the impressive winner BARNEY DWAN (NAP) (best price 11/2)
, the likes of Potters Legend (third in a Grade 1), Alcala (second at Ayr), Two Taffs (won at Ayr on Saturday), Tanarpino (won at Ludlow), Potters Corner (won at FFos Las), and Dark Flame (won at Ascot) have all boosted the form since. Staying strongly in the latter stages of that tear-up at the Esher venue, Fergal O’Brien’s charge not only turned away what has turned out to be a very smart field of novices, his final circuit of 2.55.4 was 2.6 seconds faster than Flying Angel, who took the Imperial Cup an hour later on the same card. Furthermore, his handler has always stressed that we wouldn’t see the best of the Vinnie Row gelding until he raced a genuinely decent surface, so with conditions continuing to dry out all the time at the Scottish venue, the six-year-old has more than a fair chance of outrunning the outsider of four tag against many who’ve endured quite punishing winters.
BARNEY DWAN - 2pt @ 11/2Lost -2pt
CLAYTON (best price 9/2)
has been plying his trade to good effect over hurdles during the winter and that fitness advantage may count for a lot in his bid to go one place better than he did in this race last year. The pick of his efforts during the winter months came last time out when he finished a solid runner-up to Draytonian in a competitive and strongly run handicap, and as most of his best performances have taken place on soft ground, the ease underfoot at today’s venue shouldn’t bother Gary Moore’s charge one jot.
CLAYTON - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pt
Although TOP OF THE GLAS (best price 11/2)
has yet to win in seven starts over hurdles he has shown some fair form in his short spell at the winter game and arriving here fit and well after a couple of solid efforts on the level, Brian Elllison’s inmate has a decent chance of finally breaking his duck. Indeed, his latest performance when sixth in a red-hot handicap at Doncaster last time out has worked out incredibly well (Felix De Vega and Arcano Gold both won since) and that form, along with a collection of consistent efforts as a juvenile give him bright each-way claims in an open-looking race.
TOP OF THE GLAS - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Placed 0.1pt