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Meat Loaf
09 Oct 10 18:06
Date Joined: 22 May 09
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Surely Kauto and Denman can't go on forever and Imperial Commander has a few miles on the clock as well.

Any ideas??
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Report DukeofMarmalade October 9, 2010 6:24 PM BST
Of the horses waiting in the wings I think Joncol or Punchestowns perhaps have the most improvement in them but they still have some way to go. I am convinced Long Run will make a top class horse but he's hardly a dark horse and they need to get a professional jockey on him if he's going to fulfill his potential.
Report Swinia October 9, 2010 7:15 PM BST
[;)][;)]of course there is
Report Quvega October 9, 2010 7:45 PM BST
How's The Lad doing Swinnia?Love
Report kauto_kauto October 9, 2010 8:08 PM BST
Pandorama is the dark horse for me, his form lines are working well and think he would have ran well in the rsa last year.

looks set to be taking on denman early this year getting weight.
Report mickey October 9, 2010 8:40 PM BST
weapons amensty for 3 years in a row
Report Fashion Fever October 9, 2010 8:52 PM BST
backed weird al at 40s and 33s

maybe a blessing in disguise he missed the RSA last year

everyone seems to fancy him for the Hennesy so hoping its him
Report postiepete October 10, 2010 9:06 AM BST
Re the RSA its all opinions on which will improve enough to topple the established G C horses.At the current prices I will put up Knockarra Beau as my "dark horse" in the hope that there is a jockey change !
Report godlovesyou October 10, 2010 9:43 AM BST
I'm willing to endure the barracking - I've backed Don't Push It.
Report AL BUNDY October 10, 2010 11:12 AM BST
Can i add Carruthers?? Cooldine too.
Report John Leslie October 10, 2010 1:09 PM BST
Forpadydeplasterer.  Almost top class over 2 miles (though not good enough to persist for another season), bred and shapes like a stayer, loves Cheltenham, looks a certainty.
Report cruise d October 10, 2010 1:29 PM BST
Copper Bleu. Very very speculative but I think 3 miles plus may be a real possibility.
Report CVByrne October 10, 2010 1:51 PM BST
Report Crewebish October 10, 2010 1:59 PM BST
got to be Weird Al, trainer words before the RSA were "if i backed him for the RSA i would not swap my ticket for any other horse" has 2 runs at Chelt and 2 wins, will return soon in the hennessy with Denman running in that he has a great chance.

I think with a good jockey on it, not too sure who at the moment seeing as Brennan will be on Imp Commander, McCoy maybe on Denman but perhaps Fehilly will get the ride.
Report one micky b October 10, 2010 3:19 PM BST
ALBERTAS RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Report Howdi October 10, 2010 3:24 PM BST
^^^ agree with above could go close in King George too has finished 2nd

May I add Neptune Collegnes to the mix.
Report brandyontherocks October 10, 2010 4:19 PM BST
surely after 2 defeats in the race already and missing all of last season neptunes chance has gone
Report Lee_SHA October 10, 2010 4:27 PM BST
What A Friend.

A year older, bigger, stronger and more experience. He'll be primed to the maximum for the race as well.
Report Howdi October 10, 2010 4:27 PM BST
yes i agree unless it's an open year then yopu could argue if he holds his form then he has a sniff.
Report THE LEGEND October 10, 2010 5:56 PM BST
Somersby......has been crying out for step up in trip
Report Sausage1 October 10, 2010 8:12 PM BST
Cooldine is definitely the forgotten horse in the betting.

If he has an uninterrupted season (was sick for a couple of months last year) he's got to be thereabouts if there is any regression from the big 3.

Ran a cracker last year despite his health problems.

40's looks generous to me.
Report top3 makin ahern and de souza October 10, 2010 8:56 PM BST
zaarito or long run for me
Report booster October 10, 2010 9:34 PM BST
Albertas Run. Has won an RSA Chase and Ryanair, Loves the course and ground in March and got a feeling this may not be a strong race on the day.
Report starspangledbanner October 10, 2010 10:58 PM BST
Report duffy October 11, 2010 1:09 PM BST
i'd like to add that my love for kempes is growing ever stronger (the horse that is..not the footballer) so after he wins the hennessy...if he runs....he'll be in with an outside shot. Love
Report Far From Trouble October 11, 2010 4:02 PM BST
Not one mention of a grade 1 winner over 3 miles who beat two Gold Cup winners and an RSA winner on his last start, who has pretty good course form from the 2008 festival (perfectly valid excuse for poor show in '09) and is trading at 33/1

Think Henderson has the winner tbh, but none of them are dark horses really
Report downallstar October 11, 2010 5:21 PM BST
Dark horses fft, not total no-hopers ffs.
Report Far From Trouble October 11, 2010 5:23 PM BST
what have I done to upset you this time please? Sad
Report downallstar October 11, 2010 5:26 PM BST
Report VECTIS October 11, 2010 7:38 PM BST
Any news on Trafford Lad?
Report Swinia October 11, 2010 10:25 PM BST
[;)]VECTIS Down Royal in November...take on Kauto Devil
Report VECTIS October 12, 2010 6:37 AM BST
Great news ,lets hope he can start to fulfil some of that huge potential.
Report dananders October 13, 2010 12:03 AM BST
has to be what a friend . some mentioned on here have no chance of winning a gold cup
Report ChildOfMine2 October 13, 2010 10:14 AM BST
FFT is surely talking about the Hobbs horse [;)]
Report alexmillwall October 13, 2010 10:20 AM BST
beat by denman in the henny receiving truck load of weight... just beat errr carruthers at aintree? hardly inspiring.
Report dananders October 13, 2010 11:02 AM BST
had a breathing op . ruby got off and said he couldnt breather last time. and there isnt a horse in training whod have got past denman in the henessy last year
Report Wayward Lad October 13, 2010 12:20 PM BST
Nicholls said in the Weekender stable-tour last week that the horse (What A Friend) needs to improve to be a GC contender and they are hoping that the breathing op brings about the required improvement.
Clutching at straws if you ask me.
Report TD_Gunner October 13, 2010 12:37 PM BST
Weird Al my idea of the Gold Cup winner.

Should win the Hennessy first though.
Report brandyontherocks October 13, 2010 4:05 PM BST
i like weird al too.  course form is key for me
just dont think what a friend is good enough by any stretch

cant help thinking if henderson can persuade the cohens to get a pro aboard long run, then he is the gold cup winner.
people are kidding themselves if they think this animal wont stay. he hit 3 or 4 fences in last seasons rsa, and then the jockey set him alight at the top of the hill and only ran out of steam nearing the last. if a pro could get on his back and hold him together, coupled with another year on his back and hopefully improved jumping, he will win pulling a small onion cart.
Report prestbury road October 13, 2010 4:59 PM BST
Henderson feels that if they can get a professional on Long Run he would win just about every race he went for, Gold Cup included.  They have bags of confidence in him but they dont think he can do it with Sam on board.  I am sure we'd all pretty much feel the same
Report Far From Trouble October 13, 2010 5:31 PM BST
Childofmine [;)]
Report ChildOfMine2 October 13, 2010 7:32 PM BST
You could be right!
Report Leonardo October 13, 2010 7:47 PM BST
Hardly a dark horse but i fancy the mighty Sizing Europe to take the step up in distance in his stride...
Report stevo1 October 14, 2010 12:35 AM BST
Kempes at rather large odds and more obvious Pandorama if softish?
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