The groans that reverberated around Cheltenham when Baby Run unseated Willie Twiston-Davies seemingly with the race won could be heard in Gloucester, and the young jockey is out to avenge his Cheltenham Festival mistake.
Twiston-Davies left the course in tears on that day and there will be no jockey more motivated than the 16-year-old who will be looking to repay punters with victory and Baby Run is 7/2 to win.
Willie’s brother Sam was unseated aboard Baby Run in this race last year but bounced back to win his next race at Wetherby and Baby Run has previously won at Aintree back in 2005.
25 of the last 27 winners of the Fox Hunters were aged nine or over, ruling out seven of the 23 runners including the fancied Fort View, available at 12/1 to win.
The big stat for punters is that 16 of the last 18 winners have come from the first four in the betting which leaves us looking at Baby Run, Turko (9/2), Heron’s View (11/1) and Fort View who is one of four horses available at 12/1, including Moncadou.
Speed is a big asset in this race and it pays to be at the front from early on in this 2m 5f race over the Grand National fences as front runners are more likely to avoid accidents.
The Grand National fences are the toughest in National Hunt racing and with as little offence intended to the amateur riders as possible, it pays to have an experienced jockey on board.
Sam Waley-Cohen won the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup and is undoubtedly the class act in the race, and with the ride on Turko, the 9/2 shot has to be respected.
But Willie Twiston-Davies is touted as the next big jockey and Baby Run can bounce back from his Cheltenham defeat to win the second of the major Fox Hunter chases today.
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