Irish Raider Is The Talk Of The Town

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This is supposed to be a highly competitive handicap but if you believe the hype, it could be all over bar the shouting if Ocastle Des Mottes is as good as they say. Trained by man of the moment Willie Mullins in Ireland, the son of Castel Du Berlais is having his first run for new connections after winning at Auteuil for Gabriel Leenders when last seen in June.

As we all know, his handler has any number of top horses to work him with giving them a better than average idea of just how good he is (or isn’t), and all the noises coming out of Ireland suggest they think he is a lot better than his handicap mark of 139.

Any further rain won’t be a problem for a horse with wins on heavy as well as very soft, though I do have to admit that the current price of 5/1 is laughable in a full field of 24 runners. If the rains stay away, which seems unlikely, then Tellherthename would be a tempting alternative at a double figure price, but she doesn’t like soft ground and may swerve this and go straight to Cheltenham.

Daily Sport Recommended Bet 1pt Win Ocastle Des Mottes 3.15pm Newbury 6/1 William Hill and 888Sport.com

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