1.30 I’ve gone in a bit mob handed here with the skybet and betway moneyback free bet offers. I’m backing Mengli Khan, Paloma Blue and Debuchet. Mengli Khan ticks all the boxes for me with trainer and jockey, who won this last year with Labaik, who was also at a big SP. Paloma Blue looks a big price, likes a strong pace, hopefully we’ll get it–edit–of course we’ll get it, this will be fast and furious! -edit-edit- In a mud flying slog kind of way. Debuchet, my outside pick who was runner-up in last season’s Champion Bumper to the flying home Fayonagh. I’m hoping Getabird doesn’t go left-handed (he ran out in his point-to-point on left-handed track)
2.10 Not really getting too involved but have Footpad in a few minor multiples but I want to see Petit Mouchoir reverse the form. I think he can, but Footpad is some horse. Used a free bet on Petit Mouchoir.
2.50 Picked out Cogry as he will love the mud. Small each-way chances taken on Beware The Bear and Vicente who both have some engines.
3.30 Mick Jazz at 40/1 was too tempting a price hoping for a squeak at some each-way money. You’ve got to fancy Buveur D’Air as he is a deserved favourite. Also interested in Elgin, who was supplemented for this.
4.10 Apples Jade. Superstar, must win this surely? Jer’s Girl is a horse I’ve backed before, can she go close? I seriously doubt it but used a free bet on her just in case.
4.50 Jury Duty. Another Gordon Elliott runner I have fancied for this for a while now.
5.30 I’m going in with three chances here. Again Gordon Elliott’s De Plotting Shed and Tycoon Prince at a bigger price. Barney Dwan was mentioned in a lot of previews as a well-handicapped horse so he gets my final free bet nod.
Good luck everyone!