Only Fools Would Ignore Who Dares Wins In Finesse Juvenile Hurdle Market

Saturday 30th January 2016, 12.40pm - JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Finesse Juvenile Hurdle)

The first race on the Trials Day card at Cheltenham is always the Finesse Juvenile Hurdle and more often than not it proves to be a decent pointer with March in mind. Only 12 months ago we saw Peace And Co win this race and we all know what he went on to do at the Festival so it is well worth keeping an eye on the six runners engaged this season.

  • Alan King has trained the winner of the Finesse Juvenile Hurdle four times since 2007
  • Katchit (2007) and Peace And Co (2015) are the last two horses to win this race and the Triumph Hurdle in the same season

Alan King Has a Great Record In This Race

Alan King has long been associated with being a brilliant trainer of juveniles and that has continued this season with the handler having a host of classy 4-year-olds in his care. One of his better performers on the eye this term has certainly been Who Dares Wins and he takes a marked step up in class this weekend at Cheltenham.

Who Dares Wins produced a stunning display last time out when winning the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster by a massive margin and it was hard to not be impressed by him that day. That win came on heavy ground but as a very good former flat horse, we can expect him to be even better on a slightly sounder surface this weekend, despite having a penalty to defy.

Who Dares Wins did show one or two signs of inexperience when jumping at Doncaster and this is of course a step up in class but he could be very good indeed and looks a fair price here at 7/4 with Betfair.

He will face some very good rivals here though including the Paul Nicholls trained Clan Des Obeaux (15/8) who might be the best of the juveniles from Ditcheat this winter. He has had just the one start but he was very impressive on it at Newbury last month and like Who Dares Wins, he could well be anything which makes him a very live contender on Saturday afternoon.

The waters are muddied further by the presence of, not one, but two Nicky Henderson French imports making their debuts in the UK. Barry Geraghty will be on the JP McManus owned Consul De Thaix, who is a 7/1 (Ladbrokes) shot and Noel Fehily will be on Protek Des Flos (16/1) and at this stage it is impossible to rate them, although connections mean they demand respect, even on debut.

Expect A Close Race

Who Dares Wins and Clan des Obeaux both impressed in a big way last time out and that should give them the edge over the two Nicky Henderson first timers, who are impossible to judge at this stage. Alan King has a terrific record with these juveniles and although he has a penalty to defy, Who Dares Wins might be something special.

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