Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:03 06/01/2015
After opening as big as 7-1 when the entries were revealed yesterday for Saturday's Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick the Philip Hobbs-trained Return Spring has been all the rage for the 3m 5f stamina test and is now a general 5-1 chance about the eight-year-old son of Vinnie Row.
While the 142-rated gelding is open to plenty of improvement after just the three runs over the bigger obstacles the horse now represents poor value against a competitive field of decent staying handicap chasers and in the early ante-post exchanges it is one of those towards the foot of the handicap who makes a lot more appeal at the 12-1 available with most bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral who are going a quarter the odds the first four places.
Global Power is the horse in question and trainer Oliver Sherwood will be looking for some compensation in the £60k contest after the nine-year-old failed by one to make the cut for last months Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, for which the son of Subtle Power was strongly fancied by connections under what appeared to be perfect conditions.
This out-and-out stayer is sure to be suited by the testing ground expected for the weekend with plenty of rain on the horizon and in what could turn out to be something of a war of attrition will be staying on when most of his rivals have cried enough. The mount of Leighton Aspel failed by just a neck to catch Theatrical Star on his most recent start at Fontwell and should overturn that form on 1lb better terms and over an extra two and a half furlongs.
The Venetia Williams stable is always to be feared in this type of race, especially during January and February, and her pair of Rigadin De Beauchene (winner 12 months ago) and Ballyoliver are greatly feared along with top weight Shotgun Paddy who was pulled up last time after making a serious mistake at the second in the Welsh National but Global Power is fancied to come out on top with just 10st 7lb to carry over the marathon trip.