Baron Alco is the Messenger best bet at Chepstow on Sunday.
Chepstow 5.10: Baron Alco
It is taking a bit of a risk to side with a horse not seen since the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, but Baron Alco is a class act who looks well handicapped if anywhere near his best today.
He had a fantastic first season over fences in 2016/17, finishing in the first three on all six starts. That included two wins at Plumpton where his front-running style is heavily favoured. However more significantly he was second in the 2m5f handicap behind Road to Respect, and was second to the top class Top Notch in a Grade 1 at Sandown.
Given his absence the handicapper has been kind and dropped him 4lbs since that Cheltenham run and there should not be too much competition for the lead here. Softening ground should not be an inconvenience and he is a very sound jumper. Gary Moore used this meeting to good effect with stable star Sire de Grugy in the past and this contest will no doubt let connections know how highly to aim him for later season prizes.
0.75pts each-way – Baron Alco – 5.10 Chepstow at 7/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair