A Rare Chance To Get One Over On The Bookies


At the early declaration stage we had 32 entered and with a maximum field of 18, some will need to head elsewhere. Come the 48 hour stage we have a fractionally more manageable 16 runners for this two and a half mile handicap hurdle. Looking through the last ten years, and we have had nine runnings, with eight of those won by the front six in the market, so I will concentrate there, though naturally I have to use current odds – not starting price. The next fact I did discover was that eight of the last nine renewals were won by a horse rated 127 or above, but lower than 142 which gets rid of two of the remaining six, leaving me with a current shortlist of Rare Edition, Monviel, and Rambo T.

Of that trio my suggestion and Rambo T both won last time out, and both have been put up by the handicapper (3lb and 9lb respectively) with Charlie Longsden’s seven-year-old seemingly the better treated. Already the winner of four of his eight starts over hurdles, he ran on well to win readily at Kempton last month, and with the longer trip possibly in his favour and room for more improvement, he will do for me in a tricky race to try to solve.  

Daily Sport Recommended Bet 1/2pt Each Way Rare Edition 2.25pm Ascot 11/2 Bet365 and William Hill


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