Friday, January 03, 2014

Good news and bad news...

The bad news first - Sandown's meeting tomorrow scheduled to feature the Tolworth Hurdle has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

The good news is that this morning Sprinter Sacre came through a crucial workout on the gallops and his heart-rate was reported as 'normal'.

Trainer Nicky Henderson hasn't ruled out a tilt at this year's Queen Mother Champion Chase; layers have re-introduced the horse into their betting at odds of 4/5.

Now, as we all know, there are no certainties with horses so this evening I'm wondering whether there's some value opposing the favourites in the Champion Chase ante-post market.

After defeat at the hands of Kid Cassidy in the Schloer Chase at Cheltenham in November,  connections of Sire De Grugy (currently second favourite at around 7/2) stated they wouldn't go back to Prestbury Park as their charge was unsuited by the undulating track. Will they re-consider now?

Connections of Cue Card (6/1 in places) could be tempted back to two miles but the talk to date has been of a tilt at the Gold Cup.

So, in search of a value angle, I'm thinking of spending some time looking in more detail at the claims of  horses such as Benefficient, Somersby, Twinlight, Hidden Cyclone, Captain Conan, Kid Cassidy and Arvika Ligeonniere...

Good idea or a waste of time?

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