Could easily back ten in this and still not get a place.
3 on the go with NRNB
Moon Over Germany – Absolutely bolted up in a chase last year at Aintree and rated 15 lb lower over hurdles. The trainer seems well able at winning a big handicap and the owner likes a winner at the festival.
Saglawy – Been trying to catch this one for a couple of years in a big handicap and has never turned up for one yet. Looked to be going as well as anything in the Irish Champion hurdle until a bad mistake two out ended his chances.
Mohaayed – Similar to last years winner in a way. Not quite good enough for the Champion hurdle but a top class handicapper on his day. Dropped 10 lbs in the weights since last year and looks like he could be getting readied for another crack at it. Won’t find out until nearer the time but running with cheekpieces back on would be a bonus.
I’ve already taken one stab at Ciel De Neige at 16/1 after his Betfair second when a heap of things went wrong. Ran a screamer in the Fred Winter last season and the change of track to the more galloping new course could suit even better.