Betway Bowl

CLAN DES OBEAUX missed Cheltenham so arrives here fresh compared to a number of his rivals. There’s question marks around plenty in the race, and the two-time King George winner can prove the class act. He was only just held off by Secret Investor last time out giving away weight - that was a very encouraging run after his third in the King George. The first time cheek pieces are interesting too. Paul Nicholls is in fine form at the moment, with 12 winners from his last 34 runners.

Betway Top Novices' Hurdle

DUSART could be a future star, so it’s very exciting to see him on the racetrack for just a second time. His debut was very impressive, winning going away with ease, beating the subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner, Soaring Glory. This looks a pretty weak field, with the second-favourite, Third Time Lucki, only able to finish sixth in the County Hurdle. Clearly, connections rate Dusart very highly to pitch him into this on just his second start. He should land this before taking to fences next season.

Aintree Stayers Hurdle

THYME HILL is worth siding with here after missing the Stayers’ Hurdle due to a minor setback. The seven-year-old was a narrow second to Paisley Park in a thrilling Long Walk Hurdle, trading a very short price on the run-in, having beaten the same rival earlier in the season. They face each other again here and I think Thyme Hill will be at an advantage arriving here fresh. It’s a quick turnaround for Paisley Park who was comfortably beaten in the Stayers’ Hurdle and it’s very possible he will still be feeling the effects of that. The same applies to Sire Du Berlais who also tends to be at his best at Cheltenham so the fact he couldn’t win there means at his current price he’s easy enough to leave alone.