Smart hurdler Clerk’s Choice returns to the flat on a potentially lenient mark in the 5.25 at Chester and at 13/2 rates the best bet on the card.
Oliver Sherwood’s charge developed into a really useful sort over timer when scoring four times in 2010 to achieve a rating as high as 162.
He ran well to be third in this year’s Scottish Champion hurdle, and although he disappointed last month at Aintree that run was just too bad to be true.
The six-year-old is definitely better than he showed on Merseyside, and the decision by connections to switch him back to the flat looks a good move.
It is the first time he has run on the flat since 2009, but gets into this off a mark of just 79 and that gives him a huge chance from a handicapping perspective.
He is just 2lb higher than his sole success in this sphere when scoring at Sandown, and went on to finish placed off marks of 83 and 85 – including when just touched off at this venue.
Given that he then improved out of all recognition when being sent hurdling his current mark looks very lenient, and with Brenda Powell taking off another 5lb and a good draw in stall 1 he looks sure to take all the beating.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Celrk’s Choice (13/2 Boylesports – BOG)