RACE seven on day two is the Champion Bumper, run over 2 miles 110 yards it's a national hunt Flat race but ex-flat horses are not eligible. Getabird for Willie Mullins was always going to be my choice but that horse now won’t run.
Western Ryder – Warren Greatrex 11-1 10bet
Two wins and two seconds, his best run was when winning at Ascot in December. He stayed on strongly that day and did look like a champion Bumper horse.
West Coast Time – Joseph O’Brien 16-1 10bet
Won easily on debut when beating Drumconnor Lad but was beaten next time by Carter McKay and it’s hard to see him reversing that form. Not for me this one.
Carter McKay – Willie Mullins 10-3 10bet
2 from 2 in bumpers and has looked good but connections aren’t sure. They have said his Naas win should be treated with an element of caution and they don’t think the second, West Coast Time, ran up to his best of his ability. They also say he is a horse for the future and it’s enough for me to bypass this favourite.
Ballyward – Willie Mullins 8-1 10bet
Connections have been a bit more complimentary about this horse and praised his win in December. He would like softer ground to make it a stamina test but the fast pace they are sure to go will help. He was impressive when beating Drumconnor Lad by 16 lengths at Leopardstown and although it will be a step down in distance and he would prefer softer ground, I think this is now the best Mullins horse.
Samcro – Gordon Elliott 16-1 10bet
Another horse that is unbeaten and I do like this one, also trained by Gordon Elliott. My worry is that the owner doesn’t like bumpers, but would he like a Cheltenham bumper? I think this is the best of the Gigginstown horses for this race, his best form has to be the 10-length beating he gave to Arctic Light at Punchestown although he battled really well to win at Navan and as I say I love a battler. Samcro for me is the horse to be on at this stage
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