The Champion Bumper has looked one of the most open races of the week from the outset and as such, it may pay to side with the very promising Augusta Kate.
Willie Mullins’ star mare is owned by a celebrity crew, including TV’s Ant and Dec and former footballer-turned-pundit Alan Shearer, who will all be expectant of a bold showing at Prestbury Park.
She was supported on debut for the Mullins clan and that was justified, as the 6/5 favourite cantered home by a whopping 23-lengths, announcing herself as a potential superstar.
She was then given a nice break before reappearing in November where she stamped her class in a competitive listed mares’ bumper, pulling clear of a classy field by a cosy seven-lengths.
There has been plenty of doubt about whether the five-year-old would make the trip across the Irish Sea to take her chance in the bumper but after a potential star failed to materialise from her potential opponents, Mullins’ charge looks set to take her place on Wednesday.
The mare looks to have plenty of scope for further improvement and with her trainer’s record in the race, it would be foolish not to treat Augusta Kate with plenty of respect.
Mullins is the leading trainer in the race by some distance, with a whopping eight successes to his name, and he will be hopeful of making it nine this year, potentially with the classy Augusta Kate.
She brings solid form, scope for improvement and the added bonus of representing leading connections. At a current 6/1, she ranks as a worthy favourite and after leading contender Aspen Colorado defected in order to wait for Limerick in early April, Augusta Kate looks a solid prospect.
Can Augusta Kate round off day two in style and help pay for a Wednesday night takeaway with Champion Bumper success?
Odds subject to change.