Brain Power odds shorten in 2018 Arkle betting
Hurdle Bet report on the latest Brain Power odds as Nicky Henderson’s charge is cut in the 2018 Arkle betting after a winning bow over fences.
Brain Power is 10/1 second-favourite (from 16s) in BetVictor‘s 2018 Arkle Challenge Trophy after romping to a wide-margin success on chasing debut at Kempton.
The six-year-old, who was a very smart hurdler and sent off at just 13/2 for the Champion Hurdle back in March, jumped his three rivals silly to land a 2m 2f novices’ contest.
His supporters, who sent him off a heavily backed 1/2 favourite, never had an anxious moment as he made all in the hands of Danny Mullins to beat War Sound by 28 lengths.
Spectacular and clever at the obstacles
Brain Power put in some spectacular leaps down the back straight, but was also clever and put himself right when meeting one on the wrong stride.
There was simply nothing not to like about the way he went about his business and he looks a very exciting recruit to the chasing ranks.
He has the potential to go right to the top, and it was no surprise to see him cut across the board in the 2018 Arkle betting after such a taking display.
Analysis: Cheltenham form and going left-handed big concerns
David Metcalf, Hurdle Bet chief writer and tipster
However, I would oppose Brain Power odds next March as his previous two runs at Cheltenham have been dire.
He was beaten 20 lengths when eight of 16 to North Hill Harvey in the 2016 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle and 30 lengths when ninth of 11 to Buveur D’air in this year’s Champion Hurdle.
Brain Power seems ill at ease on the undulations of Prestbury Park.
Since winning on debut in a bumper at Newcastle back in February 2015, all of his subsequent five successes have come at right-handed tracks.
Brain Power odds don’t appeal
It could well turn out that it won’t be an issue over fences, but I would want to seem him winning at a left-handed circuit – preferably Cheltenham – before even contemplating backing him for the Arkle.
Current Brain Power odds are plenty skinny enough in my eyes, despite handler Henderson’s excellent record in the race.
So, at this stage, I feel that the Willie Mullins trained Footpad is a worthy 6/1 favourite with Paddy Power for the 2m contest on Tuesday, March 13.
If you don’t agree, then back Brain Power in the 2018 Arkle betting at 10/1!
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