This afternoon (15.20) features of the biggest two mile handicaps of the year, the Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase. Capeland – who was carried out last time at Ascot by Diego du Charmil – is the favourite. The following 10 will go:
– The Last Day
– Diego du Charmil
– Caid du Lin
– Imperial Presensce
I like Vaniteux here at 14/1. Three years ago he was grade 1 level, even upsides Douvan in the Arkle before falling. Won some nice races with a mark in the 150s, but in the last years he didn’t produce at all. Half a year ago they switched trainers from David Pipe to Sophie Leech. Since then he ran okay at Punchestown, won in France and was a good second 1-length-second behind Saint Calvados at Cheltenham. He seems to get a bit of his old form back and with this rating he should be at least a decent EW shot.