Only got Paddy Power odds at the moment but Franchoek 7/4 and Group Captain 4/1. Franchoek stepping up in distance for the 1st time around a track which probably suits speed horses rather than stayers. Plus he looked like a hard season might have caught up with him at Cheltenham. Very short price IMO and has to be taken on.
Agreed. Franchoek is a big lay for me. He’s only running over 2m4f because King is ducking Celestial Halo and Binocular: which is obviously a negative motive.
He’s exposed (for a novice) and is not going to improve this season for going up in trip after seven races; and he’s taking on older horses for the first time (with a Group 1-penalty which means that he’s on level weights with most of them).
I’ve been hugely taken by Whiteoak in her runs and was kicking myself for not backing her at Cheltenham. She beat some pretty decent sorts there, and her second to Tazbar over a trip that might have been too short for both of them was a cracking effort, and shows that she possibly won’t be done for speed round here.. Back in novice company today, I could see her winning this, with Group Captain being the danger (although he too had a hard race at Chelters)
I backed Whiteoak at something like 50/1 for the bumper at Aintree last year but she ran absolute shocker so unless it was just a problem with the size of the field I would be a little wary. I think the step up in trip has always looked what Franchoek needs and he remains the one to beat.