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2014 County Hurdle tips - Minella Foru a formidable opponent in Festival handicap

Nick Wilby in Fri. 17th March 14 Mar 2014
The County Hurdle is one of Friday's feature races.

We have expert tips on the County Hurdle on Friday and Nick gives his best bet in the race.

A typically daunting punting puzzle in the County Hurdle and there looks to be plenty of value in the race.

2011 Champion Bumper hero Cheltenham could be the class act and he looks well treated on his previous form.  His latest fourth in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury makes for impressive reading and after travelling extremely well in the handicap he seemed to become tired when brought under pressure.

A return to good ground is sure to suit and he remains very unexposed over hurdles.

Willie Mullins’ Arctic Fire looks to be the stable’s first string and warrants plenty of respect, while Lac Fontanacould be well handicapped for trainer Paul Nicholls.

However, Eddie Harty’s MINELLA FORU looks the horse to be on after his taking third in a Grade Two at Naas last time out.  The way he stayed on there was pleasing and he wasn’t given a hard race.

Before that he had contested the Royal Bond behind the highly regarded The Tullow Tank and connections clearly think he is a horse of some potential.

Good ground looks sure to suit the Irish raider and he could be ahead of the handicapper on a mark of 139.

Selection - MINELLA FORU 


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