HILL FORT (best price 10/1)
didn’t get the most efficient of rides here last time and is worth another chance to small beer to back up his previous C&D victory earlier in the campaign. Having begun the race fairly prominently, Matt Shepherd’s lost his place and got shuffled back through the pack down the back straight and although he finished off his race well enough to snatch an unlikely fourth at the line, the damage was ultimately unrepairable. Although the form of the race doesn’t amount to much, the sixth-placed horse home that day, Dancintothelight, has provided it with a bit of substance by winning next time out and there’s every chance that the son of Pivotal will be good enough to hit the frame at the very least. Another to catch the eye at a big price in a wide-open race is KING MURO (best price 16/1)
and he simply has to be worth playing at his early morning odds. In the process of running a huge race in a hot contest at Cheltenham when tipped up at the second last three starts ago, he also ran extremely well on his latest outing at Huntingdon when chasing home two hotpots in a very warm handicap for the grade. Although much more at home on a quicker surface than he encounters tomorrow, he can cope well enough on soft ground and his price more than compensates for that slight negative.