Edgardo Sol has been given a chance by the handicapper and makes plenty of appeal at 14/1 in the 3.15 at Cheltenham today.
Paul Nicholls’ charge is a useful sort who has performed well in some really competitive handicap hurdles in the last two seasons as well as in graded company over fences.
The gelding was rated 155 when finishing an excellent 2 3/4 length third to Wishful Thinking in last year’s Game Spirit Chase at Newbury and went on to finish a highly creditable sixth of 28 to Ted Veal in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 147.
The seven-year-old has had just five runs this season, and ran well on the second of those when staying on to finish a never nearer sixth of 12 to More Of That in a very strong class 2 handicap hurdle at Haydock off a rating of 147.
He was attempting to give the subsequent World Hurdle winner 5lb that day, and in the circumstances it was an excellent run to be beaten just over 9 lengths.
Since then he has gone on to finish a solid 9th of 28 to Whisper in the Coral Cup off a mark of 145, and was far from disgraced last time out when 13th of 22 to Doctor Harper at Aintree off 144.
The handicapper has since dropped him another 2lb to 142, and that makes him looks well-treated on the pick of his form.
It’s also interesting that connectiosn are fitting him with the cheekpices for the first time, and with conditions to suit a huge run looks on the cards.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Edgardo Sol (14/1 Coral, Paddy Power, Stan James, Sky Bet – BOG)