DREAM DU GRAND VAL can turn into a nightmare for the bookies in next Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown Park. Nicky Henderson's French import is prominent in the betting - 10/1 in places - for the County Hurdle at next week's Cheltenham Festival but the Imperial looks a much more suitable target, which is not to say that he won't take his chance in both.
But in two otherwise pretty faultless victories at Fontwell and Kelso, he did show a decided tendency to jump to the right. That make's Saturday's race at Sandown a much more suitable contest than the helter skelter of the County Hurdle racing left handed at speed from flagfall on the Cotswolds on the closing day of next week's extravaganza.
Furthermore stablemate Call Me Lord - who is even more favoured by racing right handed - will top the weights on Saturday at 11 - 12, leaving our selection on an appealing 10 - 5. No question that the six year old is a rapid improver, he was particularly good when virtually making all in that novice contest at Kelso.
Henderson, like all the great trainers, places his horses particularly well, and he has certainly found a nice opportunity for Dream Du Grand Val here. The 8/1 chalked up by Betfred looks way too big and an each way steal.
DREAM DU GRAND VAL 0.5 point each way 8/1 Betfred, Totesport.com else 7/1 generally