Racing Service From Professionals. I don’t wish to bleat my own horn, but my French racing knowledge is 10 times higher than those moron UK bookies. When ILIKO D’OLIVATE opened at odds of 8/11 I laughed my head off. I’ve been laying the Nicholls runner all morning because he’s bad odds!

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The French import, ILIKO D’OLIVATE is having a first run for Paul Nicholls. Before arriving in this country, the son of COKORIKO ran three times for trainer Mathieu Pitart.

In his last race at Compiegne, he was only just touched off by IRISH BAR. Nevertheless, the first seven were covered by just 6.5L, and he was 13/1 for a moderate race. For the record, the 58.5 rated winner was giving 6kg away.

Also, the 1.5L third was rated a lowly 52, and he was giving 7kg to the early favourite. I’m not saying he won’t improve for joining a big stable, but he’s overrated by the bookmakers. In fact, based on his form to date, the favourite should be nearer 4/1 instead of 10/11. While stable jockey Harry Cobden is set to ride the favourite, that doesn’t mean PLEASANT MAN is the Nicholls 2nd string.

After all, A P Heskin is retained by the owners, thus the pecking order doesn’t exist. For the most part, the son of GALILEO was disappointing in two runs over hurdles. However, he was rated 95 on the flat, and since switching codes he was highly tried.

While the betting market is headed by the two Nicholls runners, I will be relying on WAY OUT. Syd Hosie’s 6-year-old won a point-to-point on similar ground to what he will encounter here. Subsequently, the son of GETAWAY was placed in two bumpers, and the form of that Ascot race looks particularly strong.

In fact, three winners came out of that race, and many top stables were represented. While the selection was well-beaten last time out, part of the blame could be given to his amateur jockey for over-pacing the race. Incidentally, Sam Twiston-Davies is taking over in the saddle and the extra distance will help.