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19 Feb 17 14:07
Tenor Nivernais may have been a fit up.
Vieux Lion Rouge goes up , see GN ratings.
Shantou Flyer goes up provisionally.

Cue Card won nicely in the end but I am bound to say that my heart would not have stood the strain had I laid the odds for money. If it was a case of "final touches" The Gold Cup is his barring a fall. We will see.

If he is back to top form then the running of Shantou Flyer is of interest. Assume for one moment that the Tenor Nivernais form is correct and you have two big improvers coming from the race won by Foxhill something or other. He , therefore , is one to keep an eye on.
Now the bollocks about Cue Card running below par behind Thistlecrack because he made a race of it. Twaddle first class! The same was said about Royal Regatta yesterday. At Kempton Two For Tea made a race of it with  both Thistlecrack and Cue Card and ran up to form. Unadulterated crap spoken by cretins who claim to be journalists.

Blaklion ran well but was beaten a long way out. To his credit he put up a fight but the Pipe horse had him well beaten at the line. Blaklion's trainer is not one to leave the big pot on the trial ground. Further improvement can be hoped for. Seeing that he has run to his previous best any small improvement might give him place chances in The Gold Cup.

Champagne West has been taken out of the Ryanair. If it was not a clerical error it might mean that there is increased confidence in his chances. I live in hope , probably, only to die in despair.
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