Another difficult handicap to to solve. The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle over 2m 5f.
Favourites have a poor record in this race with five of the last six winners being double figure odds so it's wise to try and pick out a few horses with a decent each way chance. In the same six years there has only been one winner from Ireland so unlike a lot of races during the festival this might be a time to stick to British based trainers.
It's going to be tough to nail down any definite runners here so here are my thoughts on a few that might be running. These selections will be confirmed when the final declarations are out. If you are backing these horse before final declarations then at least you have the non runner no bet with Bet365!
ROCK THE KASBAH
If the ground came up soft then this horse would have an extremely strong chance of grabbing a place. Owner Grahame Whateley has confirmed that his horse will run here and although he has said that he's a chaser in the making he has also said that he's very progressive. He's only finished out of the front three once and that was on good ground at Ayr. Soft ground is key and there is a good chance he'll get it.
Although it was a weak listed event that this horse won at Exeter the mark of 142 may just under estimate him. Paul Nicholls won this race last year and it would be no surprise to see Politologue find the necessary improve to give him back to back wins. This 5 year old son of Poliglote unseated on its first appearance for Paul Nicholls when holding every chance at Cheltenham and then finish 2nd of three behind Barters Hill. It's tough to judge what this horse has achieved in the UK so far but Paul Nicholls know exactly what it takes to win this race.
Anthony Honeywell has confirmed that this could be Lily Waugh's last race so he will be carefully planning where to send her. Her options are here, the Mares Hurdle (vs Vroum Vroum Mag) or the Martin Pipe handicap on the final day. I think the weight that she is able to carry here might just see her turn up for this race. Off 10-6 Lily Waugh would have a great chance of at least grabbing a place. She has previous course form at Cheltenham and has been a revelation after making the switch back to hurdles this season. She ran a good race over an inadequate trip last time out and must go well here.