The big race of the day is the Hennessy at Newbury (3.10) and with bookmakers having virtually shortened up everything to below their true odds the one that makes most appeal as the last remaining each-way value is Carruthers at 18/1.
Orginally I had liked the look of both Planet Of Sound and Wymott, but their odds of 12/1 and 10/1 are ridiculously short in a race of this nature.
So with proven form at a highest level the consistant Carruthers has to be the call.
Mark Bradstock’s eight-year-old is a really genuine and enthusiastic front runner and ran a cracker on his return to action when third to Galaxy Rock at Cheltenham under 11st 7lb.
He looked badly in need of the race that day but after being headed three from home stayed on gamely until lack of fitness took it’s toll and faded late on to be beaten 14 lengths.
That run is sure to have put him spot on, and he is certainly well treated off his current mark of 146 to play a leading role in this.
The gelding beat Big Fella Thanks in the Mandarin at this track back in 2009 off 149 and went on to finish a cracking fourth to Imperial Commander in the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup when officially rated 155.
He followed that up with an excellent second to What A Friend in the Totesport Bowl at Aintree, and if back to anywhere near that level is too well treated to ignore from a handicapping perspective.
One thing for sure is that he will try his best and give us a terrific run for our money, and his jumping skills are sure to put his less inexperienced rivals to the test.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Carruthers (18/1 Victor Chandler – BOG)
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