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Speaking on the latest episode of our twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Frank and Ruby have gone their separate ways when trying to pick a winner of the 1m7f Grade 3 handicap hurdle – but will you follow their advice or go your own way?
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Buzz was a little bit unlucky in the Welsh Champion Hurdle, where he caught the eye and the race worked out really well. He was then very impressive here at Ascot last month. I think Not So Sleepy won that race before coming on and winning this race last year so I can see why he is such a short price but he is too short for me. I would want to be taking him on, as this is much more competitive than the race here the last day.
I’m going to give another chance to BOTOX HAS for Gary Moore. I thought he was very impressive at Cheltenham when he beat Allmankind and The Pink’n. He was getting 4lbs from Allmankind that day but Allmankind has gone on and won a Grade One over fences in the interim. Since then, Botox Has disappointed a little bit at Newbury when The Pink’n finished ahead of him but I felt the ground was probably a bit too lively for him that day. He was a bit of cut, and he gets that here. When he won at Cheltenham, I thought he was definitely going to win a nice handicap before the year was out as a mark of 146 is definitely within his scope to win something nice.
Looking at his price, he is 16/1 and as big as 18/1 so with extra places around I would definitely want to be having a bit of that. I really like him as a horse and he is just too big.
I have Botox Has down as well, although I was disappointed with him in the Gerry Feilden. Frank has made a good case for why he can improve from that but I just think 4-year-olds are always vulnerable and I will be waiting for him in the spring when he’s a bit older and a bit stronger to win that big handicap.
BENSON is the one for me. I thought he was value for a bit more than his winning margin at Sandown the last day. Trained by Dr Ricard Newland, Gavin Sheehan rides him and I think he’ll carry the penalty he got for winning there. He won off 127 and he’s up 10lbs but I thought he was a snug enough winner and with 11st 1lb on his back I like him at that weight compared to Buzz and Botox Has.
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