I think it is a very open race. Notebook is the right favourite, but he is too short to back for me. I think Fakir d’Oudrais is a bit overrated, especially without his weight allowance. I will give Cashback another chance. He was just narrowly beaten by Notebook, but he is much bigger price. I also can see Al Dancer run a nice race. He has been a bit unlucky in his previous race. In most of the races he carried a few pounds more then the rest. He might be lucky this time.
Notebook usually races up with the pace, with a clear view of his fences and didn’t seem to enjoy being in behind/jostled. Fakir may have won without the mistake at the second last, unlucky for his backers.
Well done VtC and any other backers of the winner. She is a lovely mare. Good race with some nice jumping from the principals. I wonder if Cash Back bled or flipped his palate or something- he had seemed to be travelling quite nicely and then just went backwards, even though he hadn’t gone a crazy pace. Or perhaps he is just not top class.
I had PTKO down as one to back up and win at Aintree after finding the Arkle too much…well how wrong was i….probably wouldn’t have found out anyway as it’ll probably be called off lol. Some performance there. Probably not a great renewal.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!