Timeform pick out their three best bets from three different tracks on Saturday…
“… it would be no surprise should he finish fastest, and head into double figures for the year.”
Timeform on Captain Lars
Truckers Highway was entitled to need the run after a six month absence at Worcester last month, leading four and three flights from home before having no extra two out. Dropped 1 lb for that run, he is starting to look well-handicapped – he’s 6 lb lower than for his last success – and provided he’s sharper for that reappearance last month, he gets the vote to take an open-looking contest, ahead of the consistent Bogarius, who’s in reasonable heart at the moment.
Captain Lars has been one of the biggest success stories of the calendar year for the Archie Watson team, picking up nine wins to date. He’s been running really well of late, too, and has been edged out on the line in each of his last two starts at Wolverhampton, losing nothing in defeat and just failing to get home. As such, it’s very difficult for the handicapper to do much with him, and he’s likely to be competitive in this once again. The presence of a couple of prominent types are likely to set this up for him, and it would be no surprise should he finish fastest, and head into double figures for the year.
One of the best renewals of the Betfair Chase for years, if not of all time. All five due to head to post have serious credentials, but it is difficult to look beyond Might Bite, last year’s Gold Cup runner-up, who is likely to find conditions to be ideal. This trip is a touch shorter, and the course is slightly less testing than Cheltenham in the closing stages, meaning that his tactical speed could give him the edge over Native River on this occasion, who simply outstayed him last March. Bristol De Mai can’t be discounted after his 57-length romp in this last year, though the ground appears to be faster this time around, whilst an on-song Thistlecrack would be feared by all parties.
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