Value Bet: Ultimate attraction

  • By: Matt Brocklebank
  • Last Updated: April 19 2014, 15:00 BST

Matt Brocklebank takes up Value Bet duties and identifies and outsider well worth an interest at Haydock.

Ultimate: Worth a punt on his return to hurdling
Ultimate: Worth a punt on his return to hurdling

After a thrilling week of action featuring Classic hopefuls and proven high-class performers on the Flat, there is a relative lack of lustre to Saturday's racing, but the value is still there to be found and I'm drawn to Haydock's jumps card.

Six handicaps and a decent bumper are the order of the day and I'd love to see Cloudy Too defy the burden of top weight in the Bet At Levy Board Handicap Chase.

Sue Smith's bold-jumping eight-year-old has already had a decent season, winning twice on testing ground in the winter, but he found the company a little too hot to handle in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time, where he eventually unseated Jonathan England after a bad blunder when tiring.

He is a tempting bet around the 10/1 mark but has a lot of weight to give to some decent animals such as Shotavodka and Our Mick, while genuinely good ground may also make life a little trickier.

At a much bigger price, I can't let Ultimate go unbacked in the £3 Million totescoop6 Today Handicap Hurdle.

Brian Ellison's charge is an eight-time winner across all codes, including three chase victories, but he appeared to have fallen out of love with the larger obstacles when refusing at Wetherby in February and it's no surprise to see him switched back to timber.

His last outing in this sphere, just two starts ago, wasn't such a bad one as he would not have appreciated the testing going, yet he has been dropped another 5lb, which sees him now competing off a mark 17lb lower than his current chase perch.

Good ground suits this gelding perfectly and although not the most consistent, he has a touch of class, possesses tactical speed from the Flat, and is simply too well-treated to ignore at 25/1.

Selection: 1pt each-way on Ultimate in the 2.40 at Haydock.

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