Take Giant to Bolster funds

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 16:51 GMT

Nic Doggett seeks out the early value in Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock and he has a 10/1 selection.

The Giant Bolster: Value for Haydock feature race

Nine horses have stood their ground in Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock, and with a £200,000 prize fund on offer, this is going to be a tough examination for whoever wins it.

The market is headed by last-year's runner-up Long Run, and Nicky Henderson has started the season with plenty of momentum, however the seven-year-old suffered defeat last year and I'm not entirely sure that this track plays to his strengths.

He seemed to be outpaced at a crucial time last season and the tight turns at Haydock could see the same thing happening once more, especially as he is unlikely to be fully tuned up for this reappearance given the long season ahead.

Race-fitness is a huge positive for Silviniaco Conti, and I actually think he's the horse who will go off favourite. His trainer Paul Nicholls won the race with a sharp and match-fit Kauto Star last season and this new young pretender really looks a horse going places.

He should handle the testing conditions and is a very exciting prospect, however this is a step up in grade and I don't think he's amazing value at around 11/4.

Instead, it's 10/1 chance THE GIANT BOLSTER who looks the pick of the prices at the five-day entry stage.

His trainer David Bridgwater specified this race as an early target last month and Bridgwater will be very keen to prove that his stable star's second-placed finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was no fluke.

He was sent off at 50/1 that day but showed great tenacity to rally turning for home and it was only another progressive horse who finished ahead of the seven-year-old, with Long Run back in third.

With another summer under his belt, and more improvement to come this year, the feeling is that he can play a major hand in this early season contest before heading to the King George.

Imperial Commander won this race in 2010 and Nigel Twiston-Davies' star is back for another crack after 617 days off the track. It's reasonable to assume that he'll be in good shape for this tough assignment, however this course can really sap energy and this looks a tricky task.


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