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Friday’s Racing Tip: 9/4 Campbonnais looks banker material at Catterick

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It was with great surprise when I flicked open a certain well-known odds comparison this morning and saw odds as big as 9/4 surrounding the chances of Campbonnais. Early thoughts in my head last night when going through the race was that the Ali Brewer-trained horse would be trading around even money/odds-on.

He has so many things in his favour and without doubt the good thing of the day in the Watt Fences Handicap Hurdle at Catterick.

Formerly with Charles Byrnes in Ireland and rated up to 132 over fences, the horse seemingly feel out of love with the game, plummeted down the handicap and was ultimately sold out of Byrnes’ yard.

However, a switch to Brewer, who picked him up for just £4,000, has worked the oracle as he scored by eight lengths on his debut eight days ago at Fakenham.

It was a performance that stunned not his the punters who allowed the horse to drift from 7/1 to a starting price of 12/1 but also his trainer, who predicted he’d run well on debut but not to the level he achieved of beating the very well fancied Cash Injection.

That victory came off a mark of 100 and the handicapper has flexed his muscles, as he usually does, raising him 11lbs in the weights.

However, due to Brewer turning the horse out quickly for this handicap hurdle, Campbonnais can run off his same mark as he did at Fakenham, meaning that theoretically, if running to the same level, he is 11lbs ahead of his well handicapped rivals today.

Big Sound is jostling at the head of the market with the selection around the 3/1 mark but that looks an awfully short price considering he won only one of his 11 hurdle starts. He ran with plenty of gusto last time behind Rocky Stone but it’s doubtful whether he can reproduce that tiring performance on really heavy ground just 10 days later.

Moscow Presents, Pudsey House and Hartforth all look handicapped out of this following recent wins and the rest are just simply out of form.

Campbonnais is the clear form pick and punter should be lumping on with three point win stakes.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 221pts Returned: 249.86pts P/L: +28.86pts

(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1 & 2pts EW Corrin Wood in RSA Chase 16/1 & 1pt Boston Bob in World Hurdle 11/1 & 2pts Felix Yonger in Arkle Chase)

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