Module looks the value call
Ben Linfoot landed the one-two in the Becher Chase last weekend and looks for another Value Bet winner on Thursday.
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Thursday's treat, the Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, features a couple of big guns making their seasonal reappearances and though they dominate the top of the market both look worth taking on.
Captain Chris and Riverside Theatre are jostling for favouritism around the 3/1 mark, yet the pair look unlikely to be fully-tuned up for this with the King George (a possible assignment for both perhaps) only two weeks away and the former has to give plenty of weight away.
He'll be going right-handed which is a positive, but two-and-a-half miles on ground described as 'Good-Good to Soft in places' under his penalty is a very tough ask indeed.
Riverside Theatre has a much better chance at the weights on his best form but his three efforts last term were all well below par and it's very hard to trust him, especially at prices as short as 5/2.
He could bounce back, but I'd much rather take the 9/2 about Tom George's MODULE who looks a real improver this season.
His short-head second to Somersby at Exeter looks better and better following that horse's second to Sire De Grugy in the Tingle Creek and Cue Card's Betfair Chase win, and the step back up in trip looks sure to suit this six-year-old.
Fourth in the Jewson at the Festival when staying on strongly, he might even want three miles in time so it's reasonable to think the step back up to two-and-a-half will see him improve on his Exeter effort - and that could see him go close.
Having a run under his belt this season is another positive he has over the market leaders while it would be disappointing if he didn't have the beating of Champion Court, Conquisto and Ghizao receiving 4lb from the trio.
Tom George and Paddy Brennan have previous in this race as Tartak won the 2010 renewal at Newbury, and 9/2 about the up-and-coming Module improving their record in the race looks fair.
Ben Linfoot's Value Bet Aim: The Value Bet is designed to generate long-term profit by searching for overpriced horses in the feature weekend races and at the big Festivals in the UK. Running total: +266.81pts to advised stakes/prices (from inception of Value Bet column in January 2010 to current). The column is +134.50pts to recommended stakes in 2013.