Surge in bets on Laurina for Champion Hurdle following Mullins' comments
Forecast Prices: Lopito 4/1, Saumur 11/2, Maknifico 6/1, Amitie Waltz 8/1, Sister Celine 10/1, Doctor Knox 8/1, Miss M 12/1, Kendergarten Kop 16/1, Clovelly Bay 16/1, Rainbow Jazz 10/1, Iniesta 10/1, Il Sicario 25/1, Just Another Idea 25/1
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Rainbow Jazz won at Chelmsford recently but a poor effort here before that is off-putting. Lopito has been thereabouts recently though today’s ground is a worry for both him and Saumur, placed on the all-weather on her last three outings. Doctor Knox was still well beaten when third on his belated seasonal debut and makes his handicap debut along with Amitie Waltz and Maknifico but a chance is taken on INIESTA. The latter has been winning over hurdles since last seen on the Flat and will appreciate any further cut in the ground.
Saumur has reached the frame on her last three starts and is likely to be in the shake-up again, but LOPITO shades the verdict from further down the weights. Like the former, he has been running consistently well in defeat and the step up from 1m2f could help him shed his maiden tag. Rainbow Jazz is just 2lb higher than when scoring on the all-weather at Chelmsford recently and he merits a place on the shortlist.
Prediction: 1st Lopito, 2nd Saumur, 3rd Rainbow Jazz