Ch’Tibello can go one better in Kingwell Hurdle

ANTE-POST. Saturday. Wincanton. Kingwell Hurdle.

CH’TIBELLO. 5pts @ 3/1

This looks to concern three runners. Following his length beating by Yanworth in last season’s event, there’s no doubt in my mind that connections have had this Grade 2 hurdle as Ch’Tibello’s target for the season. Dan Skelton’s 7yo was 11lb wrong with the winner that day, but this year comes into the race top on official ratings with 156. Now, those ratings are far from the being sacrosanct, but on the other hand shouldn’t be totally ignored either. The selection vindicated his current mark last time in the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last month behind The New One on very heavy ground. He looked at one time like prevailing before being outstayed close home on that desperate going. With very little rain forecast this week, the going here is going to be nowhere near as testing, which will suit Ch’Tibello, who is basically a classy two-mile grade 2 hurdler. Whereas we’ll be getting what it says on the tin with the selection, his two principal rivals are improving handicappers. The favourite is Nicky Henderson’s Call Me Lord, an impressive winner of a heavy-ground Sandown class 2 handicap last month. The 5yo went up 9lb for that 3l victory, but is still 4lb below Ch’Tibello on ratings. Connections were initially worried about his handicap mark of 143, but the 5yo soon put those concerns to bed with a taking display on a track he loves. Whereas Sandown is a testing course with a steep uphill finish, Wincanton is as flat as a pancake, much more conducive to the speedier type. Call Me Lord is certainly a progressive 5yo, but whether he should be an 11/10 chance when taking on Ch’Tibello on level terms is highly debatable. I can report plenty of stable confidence behind the third of the main protagonists, the Alan King 6yo Elgin. He followed up a victory in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle with victory in Cheltenham’s Greatwood Hurdle, before finding a mark of 151 beyond him at Ascot’s Christmas meeting. Owing to his class 1 victories, Elgin has a 4lb penalty, thereby giving weight to his two main rivals, which means he’s 10lb & 6lb worse off with both respectively than he would be in a handicap. As he’s found his current mark beyond him in a handicap, I think he has a stiff task despite the upbeat vibes.

February 14, 2018 by : Posted in Free Racing Tips 1 Comment
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One Response to “Ch’Tibello can go one better in Kingwell Hurdle”

  1. CH’TIBELLO – 6/4F 2nd btn 2l -5pts
    Held up, headway 3 out, ridden to chase winner between last 2 , kept on but always being held.

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