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Big day of racing and with Cheltenham round the corner, a few last minute festival preparations for everyone to try and get their horses good and proper. Nicky has hit the straps the last few weeks and Mullins looks to send his battalion out to the UK with a few good chances. However, I am going to try and find some value!
My first horse for you will be one that has had an interesting journey. A horse that ran in some decent races last year and is popping up in a handicap hurdle for Nicky Henderson and that is Argocat. He can be backed at around 13/2 overnight and looks like he could be chucked in IF he can achieve anything like his old form. He is running off 134 at Newbury tomorrow and has reached a mark of 162 over the bigger fences finishing 3 ¾ lengths off Felix Younger and back in 2014 managed to finish just 3 lengths behind Silviniaco Conti. Argocat is only 8 and if a change of scenery has helped, he could prove a mark of 134 is very lenient and hit the frame for us. 13/2 is a very fair price and I fancy him to go close.
Ballynagour is a difficult horse to catch right. The break would have helped the Pipe runner and has been seen in some top company this year, notably chasing home Cue Card at Wetherby a few starts ago. He has run in the King George since and ran no kind of race. Easier assignment here and if we see the Ballynagour that almost chinned Silviniaco at Aintree last April, he could topple Rocky Creek at odds of 9/4.
The Betfair hurdle is the big race of the day. Worth a fair bit of cash to the winner and I am guessing that is the reason Willie has sent so many over. He is responsible for the favourite Blazer who was impressive last week. He is 5lb higher this week but is due a further hike up in the weights beyond this week, hence the quick turnaround. A pile of money has steamed into the Barry mount this week but at the prices, I fancy Affaire D’Honneur. Has some fancy entries and was a closing 2nd on British debut at Kempton over Christmas. Entered into the Supreme and Neptune at this moment in time shows how much Harry Whittington thinks of this horse. He is a great judge and with Gavin Sheehan on board, can go very close off a mark of 132. If he is a Grade 1 horse, will have to be a good 10lb higher and if this is the case, 10/1 looks a very nice price.