Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Wednesday from Newbury; Donald McCain’s Grumeti in the 13.00. Compare odds.
After making such an impressive debut over hurdles at Taunton over Christmas Grumeti (1:00) is fancied to follow up in the opener at Newbury on Wednesday, despite having to carry a penalty and facing a couple of interesting flat recruits.
The selection was smart on the level himself when trained by Michael Bell and he won a competitive looking novice hurdle by upwards of 14 lengths just 19 days ago, prompting bookmakers to introduce him towards the head of the Triumph Hurdle market.
Time may tell he faces no easy task here, trying to concede 7lbs to Sud Pacifique, who was actually the better flat horse and won three times from seven starts for Jeremy Noseda.
He’s now in the care of Donald McCain, though preference is still for Grumeti, who looks up with the best of the juveniles seen so far this season and he can confirm that impression by maintaining his 100% record this afternoon.
The selection was trading at a shade of odds against on Tuesday evening.
1:00 Newbury Grumeti
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