Post race update: Guitar Pete went off at 7/2 but unseated at the 10th while still travelling sweetly. I’ve seen some criticism of his jumping, and he is no Altior, but it’s sound enough and he can recoup losses next time when, hopefully, the ground is better.
Working to £1 stakes, we are £1 down on “recommended” bets for 2018
The improving Guitar Pete is due to run at Ascot on Saturday in the Bet365 Handicap Chase (3pm).
He was fortunate last time at Cheltenham, well adrift of Starchitect when that clear leader sadly broke down fatally. But Guitar Pete has found his feet after joining Nicky Richards last spring from Sandra Hughes and is beginning to build a progressive profile.
I’d fear Robinshill more than Acting Lass, though Robinshill can take big chances with his jumping at times and has a tendency to jump left.
I think Guitar Pete could be as short as 4/1 on Saturday. Normally, at this stage of the week I’d wait and see but his trainer has said he goes here (that can never be relied 100%, but Richards is usually straightforward) and I’d sooner take a small risk to get the 6/1. Although the horse has not won in Britain going right-handed, he has won twice that way in Ireland. This will be his first appearance at Ascot.
I recommend a win bet at 6/1 which is currently available with Coral and Betvictor.