Randox Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase
2m5f (Grand National Course)
The Foxhunters’ gives amateur jockeys a rare opportunity to ride over the Grand National fences and the logical starting point is last season’s winner Cousin Pascal(10/1) for John O’Shea and James King. He was a shock 66/1 winner twelve months ago but came into the race on the back of a win, however if he's to retain his crown, he’ll need to put a very disappointing run in the Cheltenham equivalent behind him and it may pay to look elsewhere.
Former Cheltenham winner Le Breuil has form over these fences having finished third in the Becher in 2020 but he’s yet to win in hunter chase company which is concerning. Mighty Stowaway did the best of these when finished third at the festival last month and with his two victors not re-opposing he must hold leading claims. He’s moved yards to Lawney Hill since then which may be a slight negative and he was well-fancied last season but could only manage to finish tenth.
The eye is very much drawn to the booking of a certain Patrick Mullins on Myth Buster for Sara Bradstock. The lightly-raced nine-year-old always promised to grab a big prize, running well in a couple of Grade A handicaps but ultimately left Gold Cup winning trainer Henry De Bromhead for £24,000 last September. He won his only start on the track for new connections at Musselburgh in February and looks like a live outsider. In reality the horse to beat is Jett who led them all a merry dance in the Grand National last season only to get tired going to two-out. This would have been the target all season and given Sam Waley-Cohen’s tremendous record over the fences, he’s the most-likely winner.
MYTH BUSTER (E/W)