Saturday, 19 November 2016

1.5 pts win CAID DU BERLAIS 10/1 ( at least 11 firms)
1.5 pts win POINT THE WAY 12/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Bet365, Victor and PPower)
Betfair Exchange Fixed Brush Hdle

Always a fascinating  event that has thrown up some excellent animals.

Caid Du Berlais has sort of being going in reverse, a former very useful handicap hurdle who then won the Paddy Power Gold Cup when transferred to fences he was off the track for 18 months prior to returning this Autumn. On the second and most recent of those outing he won a Pertempts qualifier at Aintree in visually pleasing style and though he's off an 8 lb higher mark he goes well in testing conditions and is a must for the short list.

Point the Way has raced twice on heavy ground under rules and won both times. He shaped well last time on his reappearance at Sedgefield ( albeit in a much weaker race than this) and is hard to put a gage on as on his stiffest task to date at Sandown in March he dropped out too quickly for it to be his true running. Encouragingly,  yard is going through a mini hot streak, winning with three of it's last four runners and he is one to consider.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SILVINIACO CONTI 8/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Bet 365,PPower and Hills)
Betfair Chase

Stands out as the value call . Twice a former winner of this he 's only had four outings since starting at 5/4 when runner up to Cue Card in this last season. On his reappearance he ran an OK race in Ireland though strictly on the form it is understandable for people to believe he is  now on the downgrade - however, it was only three outings back and nine months ago when he looked as good as ever when destroying Dynaste at Ascot. All in all, there are unknowns surrounding this event with the fitness level of Coneygree and general well being of Cue Card, but here is one who will be spot on, fully proven and reliable, and sure to acquit himself well.

Lost - 3 pts