Potential Market Movers Before The Weekend

Pentland Hills

The first horse we would like to discuss ahead of this weekends meeting is the Grade One Triumph Hurdle winner at last year's festival and the 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at the Grand National meeting, Pentland Hills.

The Nicky Henderson trained four year old came on the scene late last season but remained unbeaten in all three of his starts and makes his seasonal debut in the Grade Two International Hurdle on Saturday.

He is proven over this distance at the track and with form on both good and soft ground he looks a very versatile type that will be tough to beat.

He is currently best priced at 6/4 at some bookmakers but we believe before the start of this race he could be as short as odds on.

Secret Investor

The Grade Three Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on Saturday at Cheltenham is set to be a cracker of a contest with the 2 mile 4 1/2 furlongs contest at the ante-post stage having some very familiar faces left in the declarations.

11 time champion trainer Paul Nicholls has a superb record in this contest having five of the last 10 winners of the race and we are siding with the Ditcheat trainer to land back to back renewals.

Secret Investor for the trainer is a very consistent horse that has ran in superb races throughout his career and now has looked to be targeted at this one.

Nicholls took the race with Frodon last season and he turned out to be a superstar landing the Ryanair Chase at the festival in March and this horse could be going down the same route.

The seven year old gelding throughout his career has took some stand out contests including the Grade Two Persian War Novices Hurdle and the Grade Two Champion Novices Chase at Ayr.

Secret Investor made his seasonal debut at Down Royal at the start of November and it looked a nice way to get back into the swing of things finishing second in a decent four runner event.

He finished behind the Willie Mullins trained Real Steel who looks a class act and now dropping into a Grade Three from that opening Grade Two makes him a big contender.

He is a best price of 12/1 for the race on Saturday already moving in the market from 16/1 in the week and we believe if the ground stays good to soft he has a huge chance and will be much shorter on the day.

Andy Dufresne

The final horse we would like to mention comes on the Sunday at Navan in the Grade Two Novices Hurdle and Andy Dufresne for Gordon Elliott looks the real deal.

The five year old won a three mile point to point contest for his trainer back in March last year and showed his clear potential that day.

In 2019 he made his rules debut at Down Royal in a bumper where he romped home to back up his credentials and many thought he would head to the Champion Bumper.

His trainer Gordon Elliott has been very patient with this gelding not racing him again since his win in January and missing out last seasons Grade One at the festival and at the start of the month he made his hurdles debut.

Many punters had been waiting for this run since his bumper run in January and he did not disappoint, demolishing the field over 2 miles 4f in a Maiden Hurdle.

He makes his second appearance over hurdles in Sunday and we advise that if he is entered for the contest then you should get on straight away as he will backed off the boards in the run up to the contest.