Cape Tribulation has been given a massive chance by the handicapper and looks cracking value at 16/1 in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham today (2.05).
Malcolm Jefferson’s gelding has a touch of class, as he showed when fifth of 17 to Weapons Amnesty in the 2009 Albert Bartlett.
He finished an excellent fourth in the Christmas Hurdle won by Go Native in the same year, where he was just five lengths behind Binocular and given an official rating of 155 on the back of that effort.
His attentions where then switched to chasing, and he managed to win and be placed in some competitive affairs to be rated 145 at his best.
However he has always looked the type that has a big handicap like this in him, and his two runs over hurdles this season have been really eye-catching to say the least.
The first came at Haydock back in November when he kept on well to finish 5th of 20 to Dynaste off a mark of 150 and was not knocked about whatsoever.
Three runs over fences then followed before he was switched back to hurdles at Haydock last month to qualify for this.
The eight-year-old kept on nicely from well off the pace to finish fourth of 19 to Grand Vision, and it was an effort which suggested he was nearing his peak.
The assessor has surprisingly dropped him 3lb for that effort to a mark of 142, and that gives him an outstanding chance from a handicapping perspective.
To me he looks to have been plotted up for this, and in a race which should be run to suit he looks sure to go well.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Cape Tribulation (16/1 generally available – use BOG firms paying five places)