BLUE HELL (best price 11/1)
has been saved specifically for this race ever since scoring with a bit to spare in a red-hot handicap at Fairyhouse back in November and with the time of the race good and the likes of Henry Higgins, Keppolls Queen, Good As Gold and Diamond King (won Coral Cup Wednesday) all coming out and franking the form since, Alan Fleming’s inmate has to rate a massive player. Although that victory was achieved on soft ground, the son of Russian Blue has plenty of solid form on a quicker surface and even though he has to race off a considerably higher mark and has yet to race at this track, the unexposed six-year-old still makes plenty of appeal.
Similarly to the main selection, FETHARD PLAYER (best price 40/1)
looks to have been kept to one side for this race having not run since October, but unlike Blue Hell, he seems to have been totally overlooked by punters and bookmakers alike. His form when runner-up in an ultra-competitive handicap at Aintree and when landing a 13-runner affair at Down Royal are both rock-solid and with fast ground very much in his favour, this strong-travelling sort has got to be worth a small each-way speculator at 40/1.