Dell’ Arca look suited by the drop back in trip when finishing second at Cheltenham last month and is tipped to go one better at Taunton today.
The David Pipe-trained six-year-old ran with credit against much tougher opposition last season and looks ready to capture first success since winning on his English debut in November 2013 after making the move to Devon from France.
The Irish-bred has been gradually dropping back in distance this season and his trainer may finally have found the ideal trip after finishing half-a-length second behind Lightentertainment over 2 miles 1 furlong at Prestbury Park in January. The gelding goes again over the same distance at Taunton and the only question mark is the whether Tom Scudamore’s mount will be able to handle the sharper track.
Dell’ Arca should go off favourite following support this morning and punters can get 15/8 at Sky Bet with Best Odds Guarantee at the time of posting.
The danger could come from the unexposed Ibis Du Rheu, Paul Nicholls’ four-year-old was no match for Grade 2 juvenile opposition on his British debut at Cheltenham but should benefit from the run. Nicky Henderson is represented by Lough Kent, there has been money around for the son of Barathea who will have to up his game after drawing a blank from five starts.