With the Warren Greatrex team in great form, Via Volupta is bound to be all the rage in this mares’ only contest, but she may not get things all her own way up against YES I DID
YES I DID(best price 4/1)
, who has shaped really well on each of her racecourse visits so far to date. Dan Skelton’s mare had the misfortune to bump into the smart Sea Pride (third in the Aintree bumper) on her rules bow over today’s course last season and followed that up with another solid performance in a similar contest at Market Rasen on her final start to the campaign. The daughter of Craigsteel probably came up against another above-average mare on her latest start at Ludlow and with the fifth horse that day, Lamanvar Alchemy, going on to score next time out, that viewpoint looks a valid one. Being a former point-to-point winner, one would imagine she will be ridden quite aggressively on her debut over hurdles in order to make full use of her stamina and with race fitness on her side, she rates a decent bet for the each-way scoundrels at her early 4/1 quotes.