Having caught the eye in his last two starts, Hey Bud looks decent value at 13/2 to open his account over hurdles in the 4.45 at Wincanton today now stepped up in trip.
This Jeremy Scott trained six-year-old shaped well in two bumpers runs, finishing second on debut and a decent 15 1/4 length fourth of eight to Rouge Vif at Ludlow who has since developed into a smart hurdler an won three times – including a Grade 2 – to be rated 142. Hey Bud was then given a tender introduction on hurdles bow at Exeter when a never nearer 25 length seventh of 17 to Getaway Trump before doing all his best work at the finish next time up over 2m at the same venue when third of 16 to Greaneteen.
He has since put in a similar display over 2m here last month when keeping on from three out to finish a 13 1/4 length third of 11 to River Bray without ever quite threatening to land a blow.
Those efforts suggest he is crying out for the step up to the extended 2m 3f trip of this and undoubtedly has the ability to win races.
In receipt of 7lb from market leaders Storm Arising and Chef D’equipe – and with further improvement looking assured – Hey Bud looks overpriced at the odds on offer now having his stamina brought into play.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts win Hey Bud (13/2 bet365, BetVictor – BOG)