Politologue is The Messenger Best Bet on Haldon Gold Cup Day at Exeter.
Exeter 2.00: Politologue
Very exciting as a novice chaser in the first half of last season, things did not go so well for Politologue later in the year. However he is on a nice weight today and things could be run to suit this fluent jumper and strong traveller, thus resuming trainer Paul Nicholls’ good record in the race.
He bolted up in his first two chases, putting in some spectacular leaps along the way at Haydock and Ascot. Having raced keenly he was outstayed by Waiting Patiently on bad ground, back at Haydock in January and found Yorkhill far too strong in the JLT at Cheltenham.
Considering his style of racing though it was no surprise to see him go so well in the 2m Grade 1 novice chase at Aintree, a win looking assured when he stumbled on landing at the last. I thought he had the measure of San Benedeto and Forest Bihan that day. With Gino Trail and Ar Mad in the field the pace could be strong from the outset – and that will help my selection to settle, whilst bringing his good jumping even more into play.
1pt win – Politologue – 2.00 Exeter at 11/4 with Bet365