Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:09 08/02/2014
Having already advised backing Cheltenian for today's Betfair Hurdle at 14-1 and again at 10-1 we can sit back in the knowledge that at the very least we have a decent value bet with the Philip Hobbs-trained 8-year-old now as short as 8-1, although 9-1 is still available with some firms, a price that is unlikely to last very long about the 2011 Champion Bumper winner.
As previously pointed out the mount of Richard Johnson is potentially thrown-in on his best form and providing he is not inconvenienced by what is likely to be desperate ground the Astarabad gelding is sure to go close in this valuable contest won 12 month's ago by leading Champion Hurdle contender My Tent Or Yours. With bookmakers going 7-1 the field for what looks a wide-open affair on paper it could pay to look for a value each-way alternative to our selection and the one that fits the bill is the Gary Moore-trained Chris Pea Green at the 28-1 on offer with Betvictor and Stan James.
The trainer landed this historic handicap in both 2007 and 2008 and in the 5-year-old son of Proclamation he has a horse capable of running a big race on several pieces of form including most recently a creditable fourth behind Willow's Saviour in Ascot's Ladbroke Hurdle before christmas. The mount of Joshua Moore created a good impression as a juvenile when beating the talented Zamdy Man easily at Huntingdon last February before going on to run well when seventh to runaway winner Our Conor in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Placed in all three starts this season Chris Pea Green should handle today's testing conditions having trotted up by twenty lengths on heavy ground at Lingfield as a novice and this consistent gelding looks sure to play a leading part once again.