Classy Carruthers too big at 28s

Carruthers is the class act in the 1.55 at Cheltenham and makes plenty of each-way appeal at 28/1.

Mark Bradstock’s nine-year-old is a really genuine and enthusiastic front runner and ran a cracker in this lats year when third to Galaxy Rock and now meets that rival on 5lb better terms.

He looked in need of the run that day, and 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.

The gelding then went on to land the Hennessy at Newbury off a mark of 146, and now gets into this off just a 1lb higher mark.

That should enable him to be really competitive, as he beat Big Fella Thanks in the Mandarin at Newbury  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.

Although he is officially down as having refused to race last time out here, that is totally unfair as it was a farce of a start and he was not ready to race when the tapes went up.

Today’s ground and trip hold no fears for him, and although he has to give weight to all his rivals he is on a good mark and looks sure to give it his best shot.

I certainly don’t think he should be anywhere near as big as the 28/1 on offer and at those odds he has to be worth an each-way play.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Carruthers (28/1 bet365, BetVictor – BOG)

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