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CH has solid form IMO. He may not have graded form put he has beaten horses with graded form. There is two pieces of form that indicate that CH is a better horse than Edwardstone who beat Fiddlerontheroof before Christmas.
I’m not sure if that makes him as good as the Irish horses but I think he has the beaten of all the English horses.
FF, what are the negatives you see with Chantry House? I agree with you on the others but for me CH looks great value at 7s. He has won all 3 starts beaten the likes of Stolen silver and Pipesmoker over hurdles and comfortably beat Edwardstone last year in a bumper. To me that form is rock solid. He’ll obviously need to improve again but sure so do the rest of them!
I’m starting to warm to Kemboy too. If the ground is in anyway good on the Friday I think he is the horse to beat. Comfortably had the best form of all the staying chasers last season. The times in all the races on the Sunday in the DRF suggest that the ground was very heavy and its well known that Kemboy does not go as well on that type of ground. So to still finish ahead of Presenting Percy and get close to Delta Work is still a good piece of form. Also worth noting that he was gambled off the boards in both his starts this year so they clearly think the world of him!
Only concerns are the ground coming up heavy and his coarse form. 2 pretty big concerns! But at the prices he’s the one I’m with atm. Very open race!
NAP – Minello Indo RSA
Lay – Envoi Allen (Most likely winner but for me the worst priced horse on the week. Can see him drifting on the day!)
EW Thomas Derby wherever he runs (hopefully CH at 25s or bigger!)
Minello Indo is the bet of the festival for me. Lightly campaigned with one big day in mind. His win at Cheltenham last year was very impressive and probably the best bit of form in the race. Not sure how he isn’t the fav??