But a notable sub-plot to this year’s jumps campaign has been the continued emergence of two of Nicholls’ former pupils: Harry Fry and Dan Skelton.
Fry will go to the Festival with a number of live hopes and it would be no surprise if he breaks his duck. Rock On Ruby has been a wonderful servant and there won’t be a dry eye in the house if he takes the World Hurdle.
Skelton, on the other hand, wasn’t immediately blessed with a horse of Rock On Ruby’s talent when he took out his licence last term. However, he is building for the future and I have a feeling that VALUE AT RISK could turn out to be very good indeed.
For the reasons already mentioned, I fancy him to land tomorrow’s Neptune trial and I see no reason why he can’t go on and win the main event at the Festival.
Betway clearly fear him for the Neptune quoting 12/1, but you can get 16/1 in a place and he could be half that price if he wins impressively tomorrow.
At present the Neptune looks a far weaker race than the Supreme and I’m happy to take on Parlour Games, Shaneshill and Tell Us More at the head of the market.
VALUE AT RISK (16/1) Neptune Novices’ Hurdle