Royal Bonsai seems to have sneaked under the bookies radar in the 4.40 at Cheltenham today and makes plenty of appeal at 20/1.
John Quinn’s gelding has been very progressive over hurdles, landing a hat-trick after just getting touched off by a nose on his debut.
The four-year-old cosily beat Szabo’s Destiny at Market Rasen before slamming Luggers Hall at Haydock and then took a step up into Grade 2 company in his stride when beating Eagle Rock at Doncaster back in Decemeber.
He stayed on well to beat that useful rival by 1/2 a length and had Kie – who re-opposses on 7lb worse terms today – a further 3 lengths away in third.
The runner-up has some solid form in the book, including a second to Countrywide Flame who has solid place form behind Triumph hurdles hopes Hisabaat and Hollow Tree.
That makes the form look strong, and the selection has been given a spin on the flat to sharpen him up for this since his last victory.
He also has his ideal ground conditions, and from the foot of the weights with Dougie Costello in the saddle he looks overpriced for a horse that is potentially well handicapped.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Royal Bonsai (20/1 Boylesports, BetVictor – BOG)