I like the chances of the four-year-old STYLE DE GARDE in the Grade 1 novices’ hurdle on Aintree’s Friday card.
He ran a blinder under nearly top-weight in the Fred Winter, finishing second behind Veneer Of Charm.
Unfortunately, the form of that race isn’t working out so well with the winner flopping next time out and several placed horses not running that well in yesterday’s Grade 1 juvenile hurdle.
However, the selection is improving and has no ground or stamina concerns, as he was staying on through the mud at the Cheltenham Festival.
A weight concession for his young age will help, and I reckon he’s got a better chance than the 10/1 quotes suggest, with a couple of firms offering five places on each-way terms.
Global Citizen looks the real deal but the form of all the races from his winning day at Kempton hasn’t been working out the best, and I suspect the rare good ground he got there was a big help.
He is a very worthy favourite, though, and I wouldn’t want to put you off if he’s your fancy.
1pt each-way Style De Garde @10/1, 14:20 Aintree, Friday (1/5, 1,2,3,4,5 with Ladbrokes)