Back Waaheb (EW) @3-1 Leopardstown 2:15
Rock Critic was a good winner for the selection’s stable at Fairyhouse on Tuesday and it was remarkable how mute the post race reaction was. Part of the explanation could be that Waaheb has been waiting in the wings and that this former top bumper performer carries the yard’s principle Cheltenham aspirations. Drying ground will greatly aid his cause where he will be able to use his speed against the one paced Champagne Fever. The latter is posted as favourite but it feels as if his position at the head of the market is by default. The upside is that Waaheb is virtually an each way bet to nothing with convincing prospects of winning the race.
Back Cotton Mill (EW) @8-1 Newbury 3:35
Cotton Mill has been tipped up in some quarters as a potential Champion Hurdle horse. It is hard to argue that he potentially still doesn’t have a progressive profile. Racing off tomorrow’s handicap mark and weight he has to make an impression on this race if he is to feature at the business end of Cheltenham’s feature hurdle. As the winner of a ten furlong maiden on the flat he is likely to have the pace to cope with tomorrow’s assignment and the fact he doesn’t have form over the minimum trip probably adds a point or two to his price. Doubts may surface over his preparedness seeing as he is yet to race this season but there have been plenty of possible alternative engagements where he could have had a much easier race in a small runner field. Instead, it is likely that he is pretty well tuned up heading into this tough handicap and a good account is expected.