Frazzled previews Sunday's Horse racing and the first bet he has published is in the Pertemps Hurdle Final Qualifier at Musselburgh in the shape of the Paul Nicholls trained Warrior's Tale.
Musselburgh 4:30 - Warriors Tale
This qualifier for the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival looks fiercely competitive this year and it contains the winner of last year's Final in Call The Cops, in addition to some other horses that were bang on the premises at Cheltenham last year, such as Taglietelle.
However Call The Cops is 15lb higher than when winning at Cheltenham and 8lb higher than when beaten by Taglietelle at Aintree. The latter is 9lb higher than at Aintree and one would assume that both need to protect these marks ahead of the festival next month.
The horse that we do like here is the Paul Nicholls trained Warrior's Tale. He ran no race last time over fences at Catterick, when he scoped dirty, but prior to that he was an excellent second to Spookydooky over fences on his seasonal reappearance. That was off a chase rating of 135 and he looked the winner for most of that contest, before being outstayed on the soft ground. He has always been a strong traveller and he does seem more at home on slightly better ground. This sharp track and good ground should place less of an emphasis on stamina, despite it being over 26 furlongs and his hurdles rating of 137 still looks very exploitable as he was progressing fast over the smaller obstacles, before switching to chasing.
Cup Final looks like a potentially well handicapped horse, but he looks short in the market and the 8/1 about Warrior's Tale looks worth taking each way.
1 point each way Warrior's Tale at 8/1 with Ladbrokes and Stan James