Steve Ryder is back with three selections for today's action.
The Olly Murphy trained BREWIN'UPASTORM (best priced at 9/5) was unlucky not to win the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham last time and can hopefully gain a much-deserved victory in this race. The nine-year-old has performed much better since returning to hurdling and has form figures of 1151F since doing so. He won at Aintree on his reappearance by nine lengths before falling at the last when challenging Stormy Ireland at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Brewin’upastorm has to concede 6lbs to Darver Star in this race which will make his task more difficult but his rival has an inconsistent profile these days. Goshen will appreciate the return to heavy ground but looks a horse reliant on going right-handed so that is a concern and I feel Brewin’upastorm is the most solid option of the three.
GOOD RISK AT ALL (best priced at 9/4) was well fancied for the Betfair Hurdle so punters obviously believe he is well handicapped off a mark of 124 and I expect him to prove hard to beat on his handicap debut. The six-year-old won a listed bumper at Cheltenham last season before defeating the 138 rated pair I Like To Move It and Gelino Bello in a listed bumper at Newbury in February under a penalty.
Good Risk At All was beaten at 1/3 on his hurdling debut at Chepstow on his reappearance but put in a much better performance at Newbury when six lengths behind Jonbon who has gone on to win two Grade 2s since. The handicapper has given him an opening mark of 124 which looks extremely lenient and he should prove hard to beat on his handicap debut.
The odds on favourite Billaway has been beaten on his reappearance for the previous three seasons so he looks worth opposing in this race with the race-fit and in form WINGED LEADER (best priced at 4/1). The David Christie trained eight-year-old is a prolific point to point winner who won a Hunters Chase easily in June at Listowel on his previous start under rules.
Winged Leader returned from a 159 day break to dead heat with the Gordon Elliott trained Mighty Stowaway at Loughbrickland in November under regular rider Barry O’Neill and that should put him spot on for this race. I would expect Billaway to reverse the form with Winged Leader later in the season but he looks vulnerable on his reappearance and Winged Leader is therefore preferred for this race.