All eyes will undoubtedly by on Ivanovich Gorbatov in his bid to follow up his smooth success in the Triumph Hurdle. In what looked a decent renewal of the juvenile championship, Aidan O’Brien’s inmate impressed by quickening well off a very strong pace and if he’s in the same sort of form, it’s hard to see him not justifying the form. If there is to be a fly in the ointment, it may turn out to be DIEGO DU CHARMIL (best price 11/1)
, who land the other big juvenile contest at the festival. In what was the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the Wednesday card, Paul Nicholls’ charge justified his position in the market, and although one could argue that he was slightly fortuitous in doing so, there was still plenty to like about his overall performance all the same. Considering that was his first run in this country and the baptism-of-fire nature of the race itself, the son of Ballingarry did extremely well to cope with everything that was thrown at him and given that stable mate, All Yours, took this prize after finishing only fifth in the Fred Winter last year, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if this likeable four-year-old were to follow suit.