Jonjo O’Neill’s Galaxy Rock looks to have plenty in his favour in the Welsh National at Chepstow today (2.10) and makes plenty of appeal at 10/1.
The seven-year-old is a progressive stayer who has won four of his last six starts and still looked to be on an upward curve when slamming a decent field in a Grade 3 contest at Cheltenham last time out.
He won easing down by five lengths that day from Ballyfitz, and the pair finished 9 lengths clear of subsequent Hennessy winner Carruthers.
Although now worse off with both those rivals having been put up 11lb by the handicapper he was value for far more than the winning margin and I fully expect him to confirm the form.
His shrewd handler has kept him fresh for this by avoiding temptation to run him since his Prestbury Park romp, and that is a major plus in my book as many of his rivals have had really tough races of late.
Another plus is that he handles testing conditions, and if Dougie Costello can get him into a nice jumping rhythm early on then he looks sure to take all the beating for the stable who sent out Synchronised to land a punt in this last year.
There are obviously dangers aplenty, but the one who could be worth a saver at big odds is Master Overseer.
David Pipe’s gelding disappointed last time but is an out and out stayer who will relish this slog through the mud, and if bouncing back to his best has the ability to go close.
Daily Sport recommended bets: 3pts each-way Galaxy Rock (10/1 generally available – use BOG firms)
1pt each-way Master Overseer (18/1 Betfred, Hills – BOG)
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