Whatever trainers are rocking on the Friday & Saturday of this meeting could be the best guide to Sunday’s Greatwood Hurdle.
Philip Hobbs was on his way to seven weekend winners last season so Garde Le Victoire stood out before romping home on the Sunday.
It could be the same again for Willie Mullins who had a couple of early winners at Punchestown on Saturday.
Willie sends over Renneti who can be a monkey but behaved himself when finishing fourth in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. He could take a bit of beating if he turns up.
The two four-year-olds Superb Story and Mick Jazz that head the market look to have a stiff enough task.
There’s no doubt both are talented and Harry Fry looks to be protecting Mick Jazz’s mark as he hasn’t run this season yet. Dan Skelton’s Superb Story won at Wetherby but it is hard for the four-year-olds at this time of the year.
They’re fine against their own age but don’t seem to be able to compete against the older horses until later in the year.
John Ferguson’s horses are in cracking form and could saddle Devilment(beat Top Notch here over course & distance) and Nabucco(won competitive Ascot hurdle) and you’d have to respect whatever he runs in this.