Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 13:37 14/11/2014
Having already tipped Paddy Power Gold Cup favourite ( best price 6-1 ) Present View at 8-1 in the ante-post market along with Colour Squadron who, disappointingly, has been rerouted to this afternoon's Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at 2.25 it could be wise to add another string to our bow in such a competitive handicap and the horse who very much takes the eye is the Ian Williams-trained Indian Castle.
In the care of Donald McCain last season the lightly raced son of Dr Massini showed some smart form as a novice including a comfortable victory at Prestbury Park when beating Kempton Grade 1 winner Annacotty by a length and three quarters despite idling in the closing stages. On the back of that impressive display the six-year-old was sent off a warm 7-2 favourite for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and after holding every chance at the second-last failed to last home after blundering at the final fence.
The drop back in trip looks sure to suit the mount of Noel Fehily tomorrow and any more easing in the ground will not inconvenience the heavy-ground winner and off what looks a lenient mark of 140 represents decent each-way value at the 10-1 available with Bet365
, Paddy Power
and Betfair Sportsbook
who are all paying out on the first 5 horses home. Easter Meteor is interesting having his first run for the David Pipe stable, whose father Martin dominated the race between 1987 and 2005, and could prove a big danger at the 14-1 on offer with Stan James and William Hill.