You can see here I tipped Concertista as one of my Festival “Bankers” a few days ago but I didn’t want to Nap her at 6/5 so I’ve opted for Happygolucky instead.

I’ve narrowed this 16-runner handicap down to five who I thought had winning chances. In price order they are – Happygolucky, Aye Right, Milan Native, Alnadam, and Discordantly. However, my selection is the Favourite, Happygolucky, who could simply prove too good for his more exposed rivals now handicapping off a very workable looking mark of 147.

This 7 year old gelding is unexposed as he has only had three runs over fences with his record reading 121 including a Novices’ Chase win on the New course here back in December and rates well on the key trends as the type to so well in the race. He handles the track and has back form in the book having been 4th in the Martin Pipe last year and 3rd in the Ballymore the year before. The Kim Bailey yard is in form (Last 14 days: 4-24, 17%), he handles the forecast Soft ground, he goes well fresh, he is proven in the hustle & bustle of big-field handicaps, and there should be plenty more to come from him on only his fourth chase start.

Happygolucky is very much the one to be on. Good luck!

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