Warren Greatrex has inherited some fair horses in his time, but surely none with the same class and potential as OUT SAM(best price 5/2) who makes his eagerly awaited seasonal return for the Upper Lambourn handler off what appears a very workable handicap mark. This former pointer made a perfect start for previous connections with comfortable wins at Newbury and Ascot and such was the regard the son of Multiplex was held in at Seven Barrows that he was allowed to take his chance in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. Unfortunately, the ex-Nicky Henderson inmate got no further than the eighth, but that fact he was only a 14/1 poke in a 19-strong field, suggested there were plenty of punters expecting a big performance from this imposing six-year-old had he stayed upright. The fact that he was entered in the same contest at Wetherby yesterday which saw Cole Harden begin his path to glory twelve months ago clearly indicates his current trainer views his new recruit as a similar type, quality wise, to his World Hurdle hero, and for that reason, he should be able to dispose of this sort opposition before going on to much better things.
Out Sam - 2pts @ 5/2Lost 2pts
Having finished second and third in the last two renewals of this race, there would be no more deserved and fitting winner than locally-trainer UNOCCUPIED(best price 8/1). Clearly, this flat right-handed circuit suits Eoghan O’Grady’s charge down to the ground and having gone well fresh many times in the past, hopes are high that this strong stayer will finally get his just rewards.