Glens Boy well treated for Newbury feature
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Lightly weighted Glens Boy is selected to land a wide open Oakley Coachbuilders Handicap Chase at Newbury this afternoon.
Henrietta Knight's 8-y-o built on his reappearance run and was unlucky not to get off the mark last time out in a fair handicap, set to win narrowly until hampered by a loose horse within the shadows of the post. Admittedly he'd only been left in front himself by the winner's blunder two out, but the manner in which he both travelled and jumped up with the pace underlined the view that he's a much better chaser than hurdler. Further improvement cannot be ruled out at this early stage of his chasing career and he appears to be very well weighted in this ultra competitive seventeen runner contest.
Dangers are aplenty for the £7000 prize money, with perhaps the consistent Kaybeew the principal threat. He did nothing wrong at Ffos Las last time out, the winner already having got his measure when not as fluent as that one at the last, simply unfortunate to bump into a revitalised character and doing enough to imagine he'll remain competitive from this sort of mark, particularly as his jumping looks an asset in general.
Marufo reappears after 500 days away from the action, but he hails from a yard in excellent heart and is well worth a precautionary glance at the betting nearer the off to guage any confidence behind his chance.
Monbeg Dude none too surprisingly improved for the switch to handicaps/fences when landing a fair Lingfield handicap, and even if he was probably a shade fortunate to come out on top there's little reason to imagine he can't go higher again, overcoming successive mistakes at the eleventh and twelfth to stay on and pick up the pieces after an incident three out, showing determination from the last. He is sure be thereabouts even though the assesor has lumped him up in the weights.
Present M'Lord returns after 450 days off with injury problems, but his yard is flying after landing the Lanzarote on Saturday, and although he's long since been a hard ride, this stable did well with a similarly lazy type in L'Aventure and the chances are a handicap or two will come his way this season when the emphasis is more on stamina, quite possibly at Exeter (has a good record there).
In summary, a really hard puzzle for punters to solve, but Glen's Boy was so unfortunate last time out in a decent contest that he has to be the choice. With Timmy Murphy in the saddle and riding at the height of his powers he is a solid each-way investment at around 8-1 this afternoon.
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