Western Ryder looks well-treated on the pick of his form and worth a wager at 7/1 in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham today (3.00).
Warren Greatrex’s six-year-old was a very smart bunoer performer who won two of his seven starts over hurdles last season.
In the second of those, he stayed on strongly to beat Lalor by 2 lengths over 2m 1f at this venue. The runner-up, to whom he was condeing 6lb, went on to land a Grade 1 at Aintree whilst the third home Summerville Boy subsuenetly bagged two Grade 1 successes – the last of those coming in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival here in March off an official rating of 150.
That gives the form a rock solid look and Western Ryder was also far from disgraced when sixth in the Supreme when getting badly hampered and carried right two from home before going on to round-off the campaign with a decnet 6 1/4 lengths fifth of 12 to the hugely exciting Black op in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting off a rating of 145.
He now makes his handciap debut of exactly the same mark and that looks exploitable, especially on the strength of his aforementioned win here. Champion jockey Richard Johnson also gets a good tune out of him and is once again in the plate.
Western Ryder also has winning form over further and that also a plus as this race is usuaylly run at a vert strong end to end gallop which brings stamina into play.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Western Ryder (7/1 Paddy Power – BOG, 1/5 odds six places)