In the Betfred Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (2.15) at Aintree on Thursday, Hargam fared best of those who ran in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month and can resume winning ways. The Sinndar gelding readily beat Starchitect (subsequently fourth in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle) by 6 lengths on his previous start at Musselburgh so, provided he’s sufficiently recovered from his Cheltenham exertions, he looks the clear form pick.
On the form book, he appears to have the measure of most, if not all, of those that ran at the Cheltenham Festival and may have most to fear from Bristol De Mai and Intense Tango, who both sidestepped the Festival after finishing second and third in the Premier Kelso Hurdle in February. Realistically, Bristol De Mai, who’s officially rated 3lb inferior to Hargam, is probably the main danger, but Nicky Henderson has strength in depth in the juvenile hurdlers division this season and Hargam looks decent value at 5/6 with Betway in the early price lists.
Selection: Aintree 2.15 Hargam to win