Jessica Harrington looks to have a strong hand in this juvenile contest, but despite the market suggesting Newberry New is the most fancied of her two runners, it could well turn out that BOLD BID(best price 7/1) performs a good deal better than his odds indicate. The son of Big Bad Bob proved that he has the requisite stamina for this game when chasing home the useful Aidan O’Brien-trained Giant Redwood in a 2m maiden at Navan two starts ago and although he failed to justify heavy support back at the same track next time, he still ran well under the circumstances (given too much to do). Providing he jumps well enough on hurdling debut, he certainly has the tools to make the grade at this new discipline and in what looks a weak race beyond the first three in the betting, he makes plenty of each-way appeal at 7/1.
Bold Bid - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Lost 1pt
Ffos Las 1:30
Warren Greatrex has never hid the fact he holds MA DU FOU(best price 5/4) in some regard and this race looks a decent opportunity for his charge to get his career back on track. Impressive when winning at bumper at Wetherby by 10 lengths, the Le Fou gelding proved an expensive failure when a beaten short-priced favourite in both his two starts over hurdles, but as his handler intimated he never really had him right last season, the five-year-old should be given the benefit of the doubt. Said to have strengthened up appreciably since being turned out to grass, this promising sort should prove too good for this field if anywhere near his best.
Ma Du Fou - 2pts @ 5/4Won 2.5pts
The ability to go a good gallop and see out the trip is king in most juvenile contests – even more so under testing conditions – so with that in mind, CHIC NAME(best price 4/1) could prove difficult to catch if he gets into the same sort of rhythm that allowed him to make all the running at Warwick four days ago. Setting decent fractions from flag fall, Richard Hobson’s charge kept up a sound pace throughout and even though he looked vulnerable when the strongly fancied Pemba threw down the gauntlet approaching two out, the son of Nickname found plenty for pressure from the back of the last and on the run-in. Although he faces one or two interesting rivals, this race doesn’t appear any stronger than the one he claimed at the Midland venue and he looks to have been underestimated in the market based on some of his early 4/1 quotes.