Sam Turner has the best bets from all of Saturday's live Channel 4 action.
VOIX DU REVE
(Best price 5-2) will be popular here, despite his welter-burden, as he appeared to be mounting a strong challenge in the Fred Winter Hurdle before capsizing at the last. It is reasonable to think the Irish raider would have gone close that day had he negotiated the final hurdle and the time was such he may take some beating even off top weight. The selection looks to have most to fear from recent Newbury scorer Duke Street and predominantly Wolf Of Windlesham who has bypassed the festivals and arrives a fresh horse following his Kempton flat handicap win.
Voix Du Reve - 1pt @ 5/2
Wolf Of Windlesham - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
(Best price 5-6) finished six lengths behind Vautour in the Ryanair Chase, a run which marks him out as clear favourite to win this Grade 2. Trip and ground look ideal for the talented gelding and any overnight rain would enhance his chance.
Paul Nicholls has used the blinkers well this term, Le Mercurey another successful example of this ploy last week, so Saphir Du Rheu could spring back to life even if his latest outing at Aintree behind Cue Card didn’t promise as much.
Valseur Lido - 2pts @ 5/6
Supporters of Un De Sceaux and Willie Mullins will be hopeful of some rain for his chance given he has 3½l to find with SPRINTER SACRE
(Best price 11-10) on their running in the Queen Mother Champion Chase (Dodging Bullets 7th, Sire De Grugy 8th). Everything appears in place for the reigning champion to confirm placings with his trainer issuing a bullish report regarding his well being this week. Only a deluge would dull confidence in Sprinter Sacre’s chance given he won with such authority at Cheltenham.
Sprinter Sacre - 2pts @ 11/10
(Best price 33-1) has yet to tackle a handicap over fences and, although he is far from a reliable conveyance these days, he may enjoy this type of test instead of tackling the likes of Cue Card and Vautour in Graded races. It is worth remembering he was only four lengths behind the former in the Charlie Hall Chase last November which looks a fair run given subsequent events.
Henri Parry Morgan
(Best price 10-1) is arguably the best handicapped horse in the field after his fine second to Native River at Aintree, but he does lack experience over fences which is a slight negative in a big field. However, he won’t have many chances to run in a race of this nature off his current mark and is worth chancing given his technique stood up at Aintree.
Dynaste - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
Henri Parry Morgan - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
(Best priced 10-1) had the misfortune to bump into subsequent Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris when making his seasonal reappearance in this event 12 months ago. He clearly goes well fresh, likes the track and should appreciate underfoot conditions so could be overpriced given he suffered an interrupted passage a year ago so did well to finish so close.
The likes of Mirsaale should provide stiff opposition following his Catterick romp but this will be a tougher test off a 16lb higher mark in a better race.
Gabrial’s King - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
Erik The Red, Mustaaqeem and Gabrial's Kaka compromise a weighty shortlist but SINFONIETTA
(Best price 14-1) could have their measure if conditions haven’t dried out significantly. Although the selection was raised 13lb for his wide-margin Nottingham win, he looked a class act that day and should be on the scene again, especially if there are some showers in the north west.
(Best price 8-1), from a yard who have made a bright start to the season, won’t mind what the ground is like and he has looked just the type to improve again as a four-year-old. It appears significant the Stoute operation has decided to plough on with the son of Dynaformer this season and he should leave a mark of 88 behind this term.
Sinfonietta - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1
Mustaaqeem - 0.5pts @ 8/1