Open punters are Village people
Andrew Wootton with the latest market movers from the Sky Bet trading room on the third and final day of The Open from Cheltenham.
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Second in the race two years ago when running a fine effort behind Menorah, Brian Ellison's six-year-old bids to go one better today. He might lack the class of a horse that usually wins this race, as it's often a good pointer to the Champion Hurdle, but he's regular featured in handicaps like this and always runs a good race. The ground is certainly in his favour and he should be on the premises.
Ran into a good one on his hurdling debut when second to the potentially top-class The New One but went down with some credit that day. Philip Hobbs' five-year-old looks to have a leading chance on ground that should be in his favour given his successes on easy surfaces in bumpers and point-to-points. His main market rival has also been notably weak against him.
The same connections were successful with the ill-fated Brindisi Breeze at the festival earlier this year and support has come for their bumper debutante in the closing bumper at the Open meeting. Lucinda Russell's four-year-old fetched £140,00 earlier this year after winning a point-to-point in impressive style and the support indicates he could well land an emotional victory on debut under rules.