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TIGER CLIFF was thought of as a potential Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner, before Alan King had to shut down his stable in January. Due to that temporary closure they took the decision to wait until later this year to before sending him hurdling.
He has no issues with the trip and the heavy ground also shouldn’t be a worry. He finished 2nd over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Royal Ascot last year and followed that up by winning The Ebor on soft ground at York. A promising reappearance at York two weeks ago, where he finished a close 3rd behind the well regarded pair of Gospel Choir and Tac De Boistron , should have him in great shape for this race.
Brown Panther is the main danger, he’s done nothing wrong this season. However I’m not one of those people who rate Hilstar very highly, therefore I think that Chester win should be taken with a pinch of salt.
We know all their is to know about Brown Panther, he’s a consistent horse and will be tough to beat if he runs to form. However Tiger Cliff looks to have some improvement left in him and if he does improve, he may not need to, then he’ll win this race.
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Back Tiger Cliff at 5.00 – General
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As I said before I’m not a fan of Hillstar, so I have him as a very beatable favourite today. He doesn’t have any form that’s really stood up and the ground is a worry. This race only pays out on two places, due to it having five runners. Therefore the way I’m playing it is to lay Hillstar in the To Be Place market.
Remote is a lightly raced four year old, who has never raced on anything with the word soft or heavy in the going description, so we can’t rule him out on the ground as we know nothing about him on it. He’s won his last three races and is one that could improve.
Sharestan does have form on soft and heavy ground, so there should be any worries with regards to that. With cut in the ground he’s one that I expect to come ahead of Hilstar.
Top Notch Tonto is also one which can make the frame here, his best form was on soft ground at Ascot Champions Day back in October. He ran 2nd to Olympic Glory that day, with some highly regarded milers in behind. That piece of form is more than anything Hillstar has shown in my opinion.
With only two places available and three horses that haven’t shown any form worse than Hilstar, he has to be taken on.
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Lay Hillstar To Be Placed at 2.00 – Betfair