I was all over Champ last time as I’d said on here before the race.
I’d waited a long time to see him run in a decent handicap but to win like he did, after being that keen, was very impressive to my eye.
I hope to see him settle better tomorrow as this race is often a proper stamina test and he could leave it out of him. However, he’s potentially one of the best novice hurdlers around and could just be far too classy for this lot.
If he does outclass them, my bet at 10s for the Ballymore for him is definitely in play. If it’s a stamina sapping battle as is often the case and he manages to outstay them instead, I think they’d suddenly be very tempted in the Albert Bartlett. The perils of betting antepost I suppose. Hopefully he’s just too good for them and oozes class.
wexfordman regarding horses that ‘beat nothing’. Plenty of them horses over the years beat what is front of them regardless of class and then go on to win at the festival. Buveur Dair is an example one could argue. Sometimes certain horses frighten off the opposition so they can only beat what is front of them on any given day. Not an exact science of course as we would all be rich.