Interesting race…surely Kicking King is the value at the prices here.
Admittedly you are taking his wellbeing on trust but still available at 10s on a course that he likes v much, in conditions that will suit also and finally much the freshest competitor. Back class and all that?
He had won a weak Gold Cup (even though I fancied, and backed, Take The Stand that day) when at his peak, and he would have needed to have shown that sort of form to even trouble Neptune Collonges. After such a lengthy layoff, an uninspiring run last time and a trouble preparation prior to Cheltenham I think 10/1 was incredibly short. As TDK said on another thread, he just doesn’t look the same horse.
Pricewise put Kicking King up today I see, which given his ‘standing’ in the industry was borderline irresponsible. Thankfully his price didn’t seem to shorten too much, so hopefully few followed him blindly in.