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Catch Me ifyoucan
17 Mar 18 14:19
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....will feel so much better (and cheaper) this year Devil
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 20, 2018 1:03 AM GMT
WHAT HORSES bypassed Cheltenham..... for AINTREE and/or PUNCHESTOWN ?
Report BigField March 20, 2018 1:17 AM GMT
Excuse me for forgetting the name, but Nichols had an impressive bumper winner a few weeks back (I'd backed it antepost for the bumper at Cheltenham) but he missed the festival in favour of Aintree....
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 20, 2018 4:51 PM GMT
Report BigField March 20, 2018 5:10 PM GMT
Danny Kirwan is the horse I was thinking of, assume they're still planning on Aintree, though no entires listed on his racing post profile -

Also here's a racingpost article regarding 6 horses that missed Cheltenham who may well be going to Aintree -
Report impossible123 March 20, 2018 7:16 PM GMT
Dodgy results aplenty expected. Ain't getting involved.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 20, 2018 7:42 PM GMT
RP six...
Waiting Patiently
On The Blind Side
Double Shuffle
Global Citizen
Mia's Storm
Minella Rocco
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:11 PM BST
We Have A Dream is another one
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:14 PM BST
WHAD - "He was a sick horse. There was not much of a question of missing it (Cheltenham). At the time it was frustrating missing it and I said to the boys we couldn't have gone there, but on the other hand maybe that was the best thing about that. Maybe he's a fresh horse. He was always enjoying himself there. He was fresh and well. But he was pretty sick. On that Monday morning his manger hadn't been touched and he had a temperature. We've had four weeks and that was quick enough. He is a good horse and that was a good performance, but none of the first three in the Triumph Hurdle have turned up. Let's sit back and enjoy that. He is unbeaten through the year and has won two Grade One races. He has got his life in front of him and has not stopped improving all season. That is it for the season2 - Hendo.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:34 PM BST
DID Global Citizen 9/4 bypass Cheltenham for AINTREE at 2.20 tomorrow Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:41 PM BST
OK, a Cheltenham 3rd (hampered 3 out in the Grand Annual/stayed on), but TOP GAMBLE @14/1 appeals in the TOPHAM at 4.05 Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:43 PM BST
AND there's surely much more to come from Chef Des Obeaux 10/1 shot @16.40 Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 7:49 PM BST
PYM 8/1 to reverse form with Danny Kirwan in the last at AINTREE at 5.15.
Report DECALEC April 12, 2018 9:58 PM BST
That's the lucky sorted only losing €15 is better than a lot more on singles its the worst Liverpool for year's
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 12, 2018 10:51 PM BST
Throw Eamon an Cnoic and MIN in the mix..... (I also added Kuchar and Langer for an 8ball Goliath Laugh )
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 16, 2018 11:14 PM BST
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 17, 2018 12:25 AM BST
Colin Tizzard is set to take a strong team to the Punchestown Festival next week headlined by Albert Bartlett hero Kilbricken Storm and last week's Aintree scorer Finian's Oscar.

"We are taking Kilbricken Storm to Punchestown for the novice race, the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle," said Tizzard.
"We've always had a little trouble with his feet. We had a run-in with them going into Cheltenham, then he came right, then he had trouble straight afterwards. But that was only for a week and he's been in full work since then so he'll be fine for Punchestown.
"I think he had the run of the race at Cheltenham because a couple in front went too fast and the second and the third were sat too far back. Harry (Cobden) was sat right in the pocket and we had a hell of an advantage. But having said that, Kilbricken Storm is a really good horse and we'll find out how just good he is in Punchestown."

Finian's Oscar was just touched off at Punchestown last season but after a mixed campaign, he bounced back to his best in Liverpool and is a possible for the Growise Champion Novice Chase. "We'll just keep an eye on how he's come out of Aintree but he should be fine to go to Punchestown," said Tizzard.
"He's a good horse and it's only 18 months ago that all he'd done was to have won one point-to-point, so he's done a hell of a lot in a short space of time.
"Robbie (Power) looked after him on the first circuit at Aintree, he made two bad mistakes when he started picking the pace up but he's going to be a three-miler."

Sizing Granite is in the mix for the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup, while Sizing Codelco and Shanahan's Turn are others likely to make the trip.

My Tent Or Yours has been given the green light by Nicky Henderson to contest the **** Punchestown Champion Hurdle on April 28.
Report impossible123 April 17, 2018 10:51 AM BST
I think Finian's Oscar (FO) ought to be given a long rest after Cheltenham and Aintree and not run at Punchestown because he's had a hard season. I think the Tizzards have been less than exemplary in his racing programme too. The targeted race at Punchestown is over 3m and FO's 1st attempt at this distance was badly timed, different discipline and on atrocious ground. Similarly, not only will the Punchestown event will come too soon, I believe, after hard races at Cheltenham and Aintree it'll be at a different trip (again).

Horse welfare 1st, Mr Tizzard,...please!
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 21, 2018 2:45 PM BST
Ruby Walsh has failed in his bid to be fit for the Punchestown Festival next week.

The star jockey's hopes of making the big five-day meeting, which begins on Tuesday, were dashed following results from an X-ray on his right leg that he fractured at Cheltenham last month. "It is hugely disappointing, but I am looking forward to riding once again in the new season," Walsh told Racing UK.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 21, 2018 2:46 PM BST
Ahead of the festival next week the ground at Punchestown remains soft.

They're expecting mainly dry and mild conditions over the coming days up to the weekend but it's looking more unsettled into next week with cooler temperatures and showers at times.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 22, 2018 4:09 PM BST
Great Field has suffered a setback which has ruled him out of the **** Champion Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 22, 2018 4:10 PM BST
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 23, 2018 3:37 PM BST
OK, so who has all the DAY 1. WINNERS lined up ?
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 24, 2018 5:57 PM BST
Un De Sceaux absolute legend - WHAT A PREFORMANCE
Report buddeliea April 25, 2018 12:57 PM BST
Lovely to watch Catch........just like Liverpool!!!
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 25, 2018 1:38 PM BST
ONLY for the first 80 mins Whoops
Report Catch Me ifyoucan April 25, 2018 1:39 PM BST
CrazyTongue Out
Report impossible123 April 25, 2018 4:57 PM BST
Not a supporter of this bookies benevolent event however, could Road To Respect be a punter's friend? He had a good Cheltenham but missed Aintree unlike his principal adversaries eg Bellshill, Total Recall and Killultagh Vic.
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