Halfway through the Festival and things could’ve gone better for Best of Bets’ napster Oliver Holmes, but the second half looks to be more positive.
NAP: SHISHKIN – Ryanair Chase – 10/11 William Hill
To be clear, in one my previews I said that Banbridge would be nap of the Festival. But there’s a massive doubt over his head if he will run, as he needs the ground to, miraculously, dry up. Therefore, I’ve switched to Shishkin, because it’s his race to lose and will love the ground and loves his new trip.
E/W BET: FURY ROAD – Ryanair Chase – 11/1 William Hill
Fury Road caught the eye for me, dropping down in trip from three miles in the Irish Gold Cup. His last win actually came over this distance, so there’s no question about the trip. And with the soft ground, and also him being a staying type, he should relish the test.
Handicap Best: SALVADOR ZIGGY – Pertemps Final – 14/1 BetVictor, William Hill
Rather unexposed over soft-ish ground, Salvador Ziggy is top weight but has a 7lb claimer, Aidan Kelly, on board, which helps massively. No run since Shoot First won at the track in October should help with freshness.
13:30 – Banbridge (Mighty Potter if NR)
14:10 – SALVADOR ZIGGY (The Changing Man e/w)
14:50 – SHISHKIN (NAP) (FURY ROAD E/W)
15:30 – Home By The Lee
16:10 – So Scottish (Shakem Up’Arry & War Lord e/w)
16:50 – Lot Of Joy (Jetara e/w)
17:30 – Dunboyne (Coeur Serein e/w)
The very best of luck!