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Foxhunter Trial - Fontwell 4.20 preview

Ut's not often I have a preview for Sunday racing but Cheltenham caters for many different classes of race, and while the Foxhunter Chase mightn't be blue deemed as blue riband, it still goes down as a Festival winner!

Kieran Kenneally, @kierankenneally chips in with the preview of this 3m2.5f Hunter Chase which will be a tough slog in the expected heavy going.

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Foxhunter Trial - Fontwell 4.20

I've always looked at the Kempton meeting at the end of February as the last piece in the Cheltenham jigsaw puzzle, and it has thrown up many a winner over the years. Having said that and with some top class racing all over the world this weekend, it can sometimes pay to look at the smaller meetings for value or a smaller stables "Gold Cup!"

The 4:20 at Fontwell on Sunday is one such race. Sally Duckett sends Radetsky March here for his second run of the season. His record for the last five years on his second run is Won 25/1, 2nd 28/1, Won 20/1, Won 10/1 and Won 11/10! Early prices this year suggest he may be available at 7/1. This two-time course winner, including this race last year can keep up a remarkable sequence and put up a stout defence of this race. (Ed. - bizarre stat on this horses - last 10 starts, three wins, seven times pulled up!)

The likely hot favourite this year Richard's Sundance on early showings at 1/2 is in my opinion way too short and worth taking on. On a line through Le Beau Bai he has little in hand, if anything on the selection.

Adept Aproach is a course winner in a fast time and as a younger horse may be the biggest danger!

Arkendale last won on the track on the 27-10-09 and would appear to prefer better ground.

The other two runners, Behind The Scenes (never won on the track) and Man From Moscow would have little chance on ratings!

In conclusion for a horse with a return of over £50+ (including p2p's) to a £1 stake in his career and a strike rate of around 25% Radetsky March rates a maximum bet from me to continue a six year love affair. I have won close to €3,000 on this horse in that time with a biggest bet of around €50. For those of you worried about taking on a short favourite, there is still each way value in a 7/1 price for two places!

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