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Saturday was a poor showing from the horses which were put up, and prove to be a difficult day. Finger's crossed the only bet of Sunday's racing returns the favour and gives us a little bit of money back.
ARDHILL is a short price for this race, but he clearly has leading claims based on his emphatic win at Ascot in the middle of December. The form of the race isn't exactly amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems okay when you compare it to others in this race, as he convincingly beat a few recent winners.
The fact that he went off as 4/1F at Ascot suggested that he was impressing at home, as he hadn't been seen for 110 days prior to that run, and his form before that wasn't exactly inspiring. Clearly he returned the favour and paid the punter's who supported him. He has been raised 7lbs for that win, and that appears to be very lenient as he won by 7.5L, beating the correct horse into second place. That run was rated as 127 by the Racing Post, so based on that alone his current rating of 111 makes him very well handicapped. RPR isn't the be all and end all by any means, but I'm not going off that, it was visually impressive the way he won at Ascot, and he looked a totally different horse to what we've seen from him before, and this trip looked to have unlocked his ability.
I'm not a big fan of Irish handicaps, as there will always be one who will be backed in from stupid odds and be a gamble. However, they'd have to be well ahead of their marks if they are trying to put a dent into Gordon Elliot's charge, who is the type of horse who could easily rack up a sequence of wins and have his handicap mark in the late 120s at the very least.