Past Winners » Wholestone
I am backing Wholestone here. I think that he is the most likely winner of the race, and that he is over-priced at 5/1.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horse has progressed with each of his runs this season. After winning his maiden at Warwick in September, he went to Cheltenham in October and beat West Approach, form that looks even better now than it did then, in light of West Approach’s big run in the Long Walk Hurdle.
Wholestone was beaten by Peregrine Run back at Cheltenham in November, when he again had West Approach behind him, but he stepped forward from that last time back at Cheltenham when he won the Grade 2 contest there.
There is every chance that he will step forward again now, he continues on an upward trajectory. He should be fine with the drop back down to an extended two and a half miles, you know that stamina will be important here and that Daryl Jacob will ride him for stamina, and he is proven on the track, and on the ground at the track.
Topofthegame and Kimberlite Candy are both exciting and progressive young hurdlers, but they have to improve again to get to Wholestone’s standard. One or both of them may well do that, but Wholestone is the most likely winner in my book as things stand, and he is the value of the race.
WHOLESTONE WON (ADV 5/1, SP 11/4)