Wokingham is wide open but Huntmans could go Close

Wokingham is wide open but Huntmans could go Close

Huntsmans Close

Huntsmans Close

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Betting Tip: Huntsmans Close @ 12/1 with betvictor

I make no apologies for having a couple of stabs at this annual cavalry charge, which looks as impossible as ever to solve.

Roger Charlton’s HUNTSMANS CLOSE has been on my radar for this since getting beat a short head into second (of 22) at Newmarket on his reappearance. That was a cracking effort when you consider he had to come widest from off the leaders and was running off a 7lb higher mark than winning the Ayr Silver Cup last September. The handicapper has put him up another 4lb, but that’s a good job as he wouldn’t have made it into this race, and his shrewd trainer, who sent out Time Test to score here on Wednesday and so nearly doubled up with Temptress in the Hunt Cup, may well conjure a little more improvement out of him. William Buick rides and he can decide which side he wants to go from stall 17 (of 28).

The other one to back and at bigger odds is Ed Dunlop’s ZARWAAN. A winner over 6f as a juvenile, he has been campaigned over further since and ran second to Chatez in last season’s Silver Bowl (7f) at Haydock, before finishing fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup (1m) at last year’s royal meeting. He’s run well on both his starts this term, including when finishing seventh (of 26) in the 7f Victoria Cup here, when he possibly sat a bit too close to the pace, and looks the type to excel in a fast-run, big-field handicap like this one. Paul Hanagan will jump out of stall six on him and the far side has been the place to be in big fields over the straight course this week.

If I could back just one other it would David O’Meara’s Watchable, who has been running with credit in Group 3s this term, including a fifth to Goldream in the Palace House Stakes, and is another who will be suited by a fast-run 6f. Plus, don’t rule out a big run from French raider Robert Le Diable, who was a fast-finishing second to Mecca’s Angel two starts back and was just caught on the line over 7f last time.

You can’t back them all but a speculative combination forecast covering the four horses I’ve mentioned (24 bets in total) would be some way to end the meeting if successful.

Betting Tip: Huntsmans Close @ 12/1 with betvictor

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