“He’s a really, really good price at 25/1”

Radio DJ and horse racing fanatic Joel Ross believes Sam Thomas should “have a go” at the Ballymore with the highly-regarded Skytastic.

Speaking alongside pundit Tanya Stevenson on the latest episode of The Road To Cheltenham, he said: “He’s a very, very good price at 25/1.”

That comes after his battling victory – extending his unbeaten record to 4/4 – in a novice hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, hours before Thomas’ Good Risk It All made a mockery of his handicap mark to win by a mightily-impressive nine lengths.

Stevenson admitted she was “blown away” with the run, putting it up as her performance of the weekend.

The panel, including Betfred TV’s Matt Hulmes, also spoke about some of the other big performances over the last 72 hours or so.

They suggested that Fakir D’Oudairies may have “left Cheltenham behind” after he had to dig deep to win the Ascot Chase on Saturday – and both Ross and Stevenson agreed that as impressive as Teahupoo was in winning the Red Mills Hurdle, talk of him beating Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle next month is people “just looking for something to make it [Champion Hurdle] a bit more exciting.”

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Emphatic Renyoldstown winner Does He Know was also a topic of discussion, as was Porticello for the Moores – while the Arkle, Turners and Brown Advisory were the big races of interest this week.

For this episode’s charity bets, Hulmes added Teahupoo at 10/1 for the Champion Hurdle to his list and Ross added Hillcrest at 6/1 for the Albert Bartlett.

When asked whose picks she likes best, Stevenson joked: “I wouldn’t like either really!”


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