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By:
Joist
When: 24 Feb 16 20:34
Nice one CCM, some excellent nuggets there.
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 24 Feb 16 20:36
No worries mate. Was pleased to see a positive comment for Shaneshill!
By:
Joist
When: 24 Feb 16 20:40
I like the Campdeador comment a lot Devil
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 24 Feb 16 20:54
Been well backed today too Joist.
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 24 Feb 16 21:56
The full write up from the one I posted is here folks....

https://winningpostblog.wordpress.co...preview-night/
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 24 Feb 16 22:02
Sorry don't think it is the same one, but useful nonetheless. Interesting what Davy says about Vautour going for the Ryanair!
By:
Schraderbrau
When: 24 Feb 16 23:18
will be at Kings Head, Cirencester wed 9th, will report back.
By:
charwell.
When: 24 Feb 16 23:40
Can't seem to see it on the link CCM. I have said for ages I think Vatour will go for the Ryanair. What does Davy say?
By:
Satrus_Froot
When: 25 Feb 16 07:41
"Heard Min best since the Fly".

Strap yourselves in guys, the hype train is rolling into town. Next week it's "Min wins on the snaff with all fours tied together".
By:
Satrus_Froot
When: 25 Feb 16 07:44
"Long Dog should be jfav with Yanworth".

Where do they breed these from? Yeah Long Dog is underrated for sure. But please, come on.
By:
Satrus_Froot
When: 25 Feb 16 07:57
"Can't have MOT, between NH & RDF". Are there people out there who really think RDF will finish in the same parish as MOT on decent ground?

Sounds like another Cossack love shack too.

I won't lie, would love to see all things Gigginstown get pummelled at the festival, bar Don Poli of course as everyone hates him Silly
By:
Can't Catch Me
When: 25 Feb 16 08:16
Charwell. See below once they started talking about the Ryanair:

Davy Russell:
Kevin O’Ryan opens the discussion stating that this is a difficult race to assess as we’re unsure what will run. This suggestion is shot down by Davy Russell as he says “we know exactly who’s going to run”! Davy tells the audience that Road To Riches will run in the Ryanair, as will Vautour – Kevin quickly tells him that Vautour is Gold Cup bound, to which Davy replies that he won’t stay the Gold Cup trip. He says that if Djakadam is 100% fit, he will run in the Gold Cup and Vautour will revert back to the Ryanair – and win. He advises people to have anything they want on Vautour with ‘non-runner no-bet’ rules and to “fill the wheelbarrow”. On the topic of Josses Hill and his jumping, Davy wishes rider Nico De Boinville “the best of luck” with Josses’ jumping.

Derek O’Connor:
Derek likes Road To Riches and thinks that he would find out Vautour at the end of the race.

Robbie McNamara:
Robbie agrees with Davy (to the surprise of Kevin) and says that if Vautour runs in the Ryanair, he will win. He says that last year, he was the only horse he thought could win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle or Gold Cup. Robbie is supremely confident and says that he’d even throw his trousers on the table and back him for the Ryanair with ‘non-runner no-bet’ rules.
By:
DECALEC
When: 25 Feb 16 08:18
Is there an underlying reason you want to see M.O'L not do wellConfused
By:
Satrus_Froot
When: 25 Feb 16 08:25
Yeah, as everyone loves his horses too much, especially in Ireland.

Na, just stirring the pot, not overly fussed either way. I may end up on a few of his in the handicaps anyway, some of his horses have got me out of a hole or two in the past. Owners will have next to no impact on who I want to win / who I bet though.
By:
jonthehammer12
When: 29 Feb 16 20:16
Exeter Cheltenham Preview Evening – Friday, 26th February

Richard Hoiles (RH) (host), Harry Derham (HD), Philip Hobbs (PH), David Pipe (DP), Nick Schofield (NS) & Luke Tarr (LT) (Star Sports)

HD – Our [Paul Nicholls stable] main hopes are with are 4yos in the Triumph and Fred Winter. Last week we had 9 winners and the horses are looking well.

PH – We have very few horses for the Grade 1 conditions event which makes life very difficult.

DP – We don’t have many favourites, if any, but hopefully we can get some nice priced winners.


Day 1 Supreme

NS – [On Min] There’s no better jockey to help him settle than Ruby and he will probably ride him similar to Douvan. I think there is plenty of hype around Min though and we are hoping Nico can bring his ‘A’ game on day 1 with Altior and Vaniteux.

DP – The Supreme is the only race Moon Racer is entered in and I saw him loose school this morning and everything is going well and I’m still hopeful of getting there. It’s a mountain to climb but we are still in with a shout; much will depend on his schooling and not getting him fit, I’m not worried about that. If we can get him there in his best form then he could be the one to give Min a race

HD – I know Johnny Burke and he really likes Supasundae and he’s 14/1. I’d be keen to take Min on as he could easily get lit up.

RH – I’m also against Min as he’s too short for what he has done


Arkle

PH – [Garde La Victoire] He’s in the Arkle and the JLT and we will leave the decision until the last minute so we can wait and see what runs in what race. I think I’d rather take on Bristol De Mai than Douvan because we’ve beaten him. However, I think we are looking like placing so it will be a case off which race are we most likely to place in. If it came up soft we would definitely go for the Arkle.

DP – I think 2/5 about Douvan is value – he’s been to the Festival and done it before.

HD – I can’t see past Douvan

RH – I also think Douvan will run and the likely small field will allow him to be able to dictate.


Champion Hurdle [On where Annie Power should run]

NS – I’d run Annie Power in the Mares’ as she would be a good thing. She’s not an out-an-out Champion Hurdle horse in my eyes.

DP – They’ll go for the Champion Hurdle and that’s what I would do too.

PH – If she was a gelding I’d definitely go to the Champion but it depends what breeding interest they have.

HD – I remember her winning at Punchestown over 2m and Willie Mullins said afterwards that she’s not a 2m horse and wants further. She’s not had the ideal Champion Hurdle prep and she’s not a bomb proof jumper. All she’d have to do is canter around in the Mares’ race.

LT – I think Rich Ricci has wanted to run her in her in the Champion Hurdle the last two years. I think she is the biggest certainty to run in the Champion but whether she will or not is a different question.

[On the race]

HD – Nichols Canyon for me – he’s won six Grade 1 and I think 2m is his trip. He’s a very, very good horse and he’d be the one I’d want to ride. Old Guard is a lively outsider but that’s it; he’s not good enough to win it.

PH – I think Annie Power will win but I think 7/1 is each-way value on The New One if he’s back to his best. His performance at Haydock was much better than it looked and he jumped much straighter.

DP – I’d go for Annie Power.

NS – Old Guard has done nothing but improve and has a good each-way chance. You’ll see a much better horse than what we saw at Kempton.


OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

HD – [on Tara Point] It’s only a 50-50 chance she’ll make it. She’s extremely talented but everything would need to go right with her. She’s big and strong but very fragile and is difficult to train.


Ultima Handicap Chase

PH – Champagne West will run at Kempton on Saturday and the result will determine where he runs at the Festival. Sausalito Sunrise might run in the Ultima Handicap Chase but would be top weight. Our main hope in the race would be Kruzhlinin and going left-handed will suit much better and he could be the one to provide the Rooney’s with their first Cheltenham Festival winner.

DP – Un Temps Pour Tout will run over 3m but I’m not sure which race [also in the World Hurdle]. He hasn’t reached the same heights over fences as he did over hurdles and has a chance off 145 and I want to run him here but the owners might want to run in the World Hurlde.

HD – I think Southfield Theatre will run in this race. He’s been a bit disappointing this season but he has a good record at the Festival finishing second twice and he’s been trained for this race.


Other races

HD – [Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase] Bouvreuil is a horse we like a lot and the 2m4f trip will suit him.

LT – [National Hunt Chase] There’s been a lot of money for Native River.


Day 2

Neptune LT – It’s a race without any strength and depth and could cut up – 5 of the first 10 in the betting are unlikely to run and Yanworth is a long way clear.

DP – When Yanworth won at Cheltenham he cruised past Champers On Ice and Shantou Village, who are both good horses, and he will be very hard to beat.

HD – Alan King has trained some very good horses and he said he could be the best he’s trained and that’s good enough to me.


RSA

LT – No More Heroes is the clear favourite and there’s been solid support all winter. If Willie Mullins wasn’t around then Gordon Elliott would be champion trainer in Ireland and all he wants to do is talk about this horse. Blaklion is solid and is a nice each-way price and Seeyouatmidnight is also very good value and he would be about 5/1 if he was trained by someone else.

NS – Brian Hughes says better ground will suit Seeyouatmidnight so he’d be my pick

DP – I know Gordon [Elliott] likes No More Heroes a lot and he’s the one to beat but I’d go with Seeyouatmidnight; he’s solid and would be much shorter if he was trained by someone else.

PH – Blaklion perhaps but it’s an open race.

HD – Seeyouatmidnight has a good profile for this race.


Champion Chase

HD – [Dodging Bullets] I was bitterly disappointed with his run at Newbury and although the ground was soft, if you were going to win the Champion Chase you’d have to beat Top Gamble and we have a mountain to climb.

PH – Sprinter Sacre is nothing like the horse he was and Un De Sceaux looks a good thing. If you were looking for an each-way bet then Sire De Grugy.

DP – It’s great to see Sprinter Sacre running in the race and although he’s not back to his best, he is still very good. Un De Sceaux Is still the one to beat though.

NS – I can see Un De Sceaux leaving the others in his trail. Anyone who takes him on will ruin their own race.

Coral Cup

HD – Politologue is a really nice horse but on a mark of 140 doesn’t look well-handicapped and whether he’s man enough to win the Coral Cup I would have my doubts. I wouldn’t think he’s better than last year’s winner [Aux Ptits Soins] either. Baoulet Delaroque may have done his winning for this season having won three on the spin.

PH – We run Rock The Kasbah and he’s won two in a row so has gone up in the weights but the trip will suit and has a good each-way chance. He prefers soft ground.

DP – [Starchitect will hopefully come on for finishing 2nd in the Betfair and what also was encouraging was he made a bad mistake, but is more likely to run in the County and he should be competitive.

[Kings Palace] he runs in a Pertemps qualifier at Chepstow and has to finish in the first six to qualify. He stopped quickly in the Paddy Power and has had a wind op. He hasn’t been schooling well and he doesn’t like soft ground which is why he hasn’t run. He’ll improve for the run and is rated 5lb lower over hurdles and he could run well if he’s back to his best. I have a lot of belief in this horse but it does require a leap of faith because he has disappointed me a few times now.


X-Country

PH – Balthazar King is in good nick and we want good ground in March. His work at home as been as good as ever but he’s now got a dent on his side so whether that will affect his lung capacity I don’t know. It hasn’t stopped him at home and we’ve done plenty with him. Duke Of Lucca won’t run this season.

HD – Sire Collonges is in good form and has been trained for the race but I doubt he’ll be good enough but will run his race.


Fred Winter

HD – Diego du Charmil is a horse we like and his handicap mark is ‘fine’. Frodon will probably run in the Triumph.


Weatherbys Champion Bumper

PH – We have Westend Story in this and he’s unbeaten in bumpers but has beaten moderate opposition very easily.

DP – Ballyandy is favourite and has good form but Sue Gardner’s Coeur Blimey beat him at Ascot and is a bigger price.

LT – High Bridge could be one at 25/1 – 28/1. John Ferguson trained New Year’s Eve to finish 2nd in the race and he could be a lively outsider if he runs.


Thursday JLT

LT – One horse which has been well-backed is Three Musketeers (14/1 from 25/1) and definitely goes for this race. I can see Bristol De Mai finding one horse to good and it’s a good race for bookmakers. I’m going to side with Outlander as I think he’s a natural over fences.

PH – I’m favouring this race for Garde La Victoire but we will wait and see what runs.

HD – As De Mee runs in this but he was well stuffed by Bristol De Mai and I can’t see him winning.

DP – Bristol De Mai will take a lot of beating for me. He want soft ground and with the race being on the Thursday, if it hasn’t rained by then they will have watered so the ground will be dead and he’ll get his ground.

NS – Not sure what Bristol De Mai has beaten and I like Mr Hobbs’s horse Garde La Victoire; I think he’ll stay and is a solid jumper – I can see him beating Bristol De Mai.


Ryanair

HD – We run Vibrato Valtat and he’s an extremely likeable horse. I think the 2m4f trip will suit and he’s in really good order. The race could cut up but he could find one or two too good. I’d fancy Al Ferof if it was first time out but I can’t see him winning the race.

DP – Dynaste ran well at Ascot last time out and whilst he’s not getting any younger I’m hopeful there are a few more good days in him yet. He’s better left-handed and the better ground and wind op make him a lively outsider at big odds; he’s in great form at home and is a pleasure to have in the yard.

NS – [Al Ferof] I don’t think he’s improved for Dan [Skelton] and it would have to be a bad Ryanair if he won.


World Hurdle

LT – Thistlecrack keeps improving and looked imperious at Cheltenham last time out and although I always get this horse wrong, I do fancy him for this race. Think Thistlecrack and Alpha Des Obeaux are well clear. Saphir Du Rheu and Aux Ptits Soins are viable each-way options and whichever one Sam rides will shorten up considerably.

HD – Nick Schofield is one of the best judges and he loves Aux Ptits Soins but he likes Saphir Du Rheu for this race. APS has had lots of problems and faces an impossible task on the face of it but he’s one of the best horses I’ve ever sat on.

RH – I think the current 16/1 on offer for Saphir Du Rheu is good value – he will certainly trade shorter nearer the time.

NS – I don’t think even Paul knows which one has the best chance. They are both good enough but they have more to prove than Thistlecrack, who is very solid.

DP – Thistlecrack is the one they all have to beat but Ditcheat are quietly confident.


Other races

DP – La Vaticane is entered everywhere and is a very nice horse. We might try some sort of headgear but she is down the weights and may not get in.

RH – John’s Spirit in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate. They’ve done very well to get his handicap mark down and he’s back to a workable mark. He’s been running on softer ground than ideal and I’d be very surprised if he was still 20/1 if he lined up on good ground on the day.

NS – Art Mauresque could join John’s Spirit in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate; on better ground he should be bang there.


Kim Muir

RH – Our Father has been well-backed today for Gordon Elliott

DP – Gordon [Elliott] said Our Father is going very well and first time out is the time to catch him. Katkeau could run and the step up in trip will suit; we ran him over 2m3f last time to help brush his jumping up. Standing Ovation could sneak in and these would be my two in the race.

LT – The money coming for Our Father speaks volumes; there has been significant money for him.


Pertemps PH – [If In Doubt] He’s a much better horse over hurdles and in my opinion he needs 3m plus and he will hopefully have a good chance.


Triumph

HD – [Connetable] We weren’t surprised when he won at Sandown and I like him; he’s very tough and very hard and he would be my pick for the Triumph. Of all our 4yos however I like Clan Des Obeaux; I love him but he might not be hard enough, but I expect him to be the best of these in the future.

LT – Ivanovich Gorbatov has to be the worse priced runner at the Festival and I don’t understand how he is this short – I look forward to laying him on the day.


Albert Bartlett

LT – If I could have any horse in training in the UK it would be Barters Hill; he keeps on winning and the horses he beats keep coming out and winning too. I think he’s the nuts and I don’t think there’s a lot behind him – I love the horse and I want to back him and I want him to win.

DP – Champers On Ice represents each-way value and the step up to3m will suit, however we have been beaten by Shantou Village already.


Gold Cup

LT – It’s a brilliant, brilliant race. If I had to pick one it would be Cue Card because he has the speed and class. I’d also say Don Poli; he’s a big boat but he stays forever.

DP – I think Don Cossack is very good but he’s not a Gold Cup winner to me. I’ve always like Djakadam so it’s him or Cue Card for me.

PH – I don’t think Cue Card will win because I still don’t think he’s a thorough stayer, which Don Cossack is and he’s my selection. Smad Place each-way as well.

HD – I’m going to say something controversial here but I’m not sure Bryan Cooper gets on with Don Cossack – I’m not criticising Bryan Cooper because he’s a brilliant jockey but the horses record without him his better. I think whatever Ruby rides will win and I think he’ll ride Vautour.


County Hurdle

HD – I like Some Plan; he’s talented and he’s travelled well to two out the last twice and not jumped. Good ground is key and if they go flat out it will suit him and I love it when Paul trains one for a race.

PH – We have Wait For Me and after three runs over hurdles he is rated 131 and there could be lot of improvement to come for him, but he needs to jump and settle better. The could be lots more improvement to come on better ground too. The quicker they go might help as they’ve been going slow in his races to date.


Best Bets of the meeting

LT – Altior and Barters Hill

HD – Aux Ptit Soins and Qualando (Martin Pipe)

PH – Balthazar King [if it’s good ground]

RH – John’s Spirit

DP – Doctor Harper [whichever race he runs in]

NS – Connetable (e/w)
By:
jonthehammer12
When: 29 Feb 16 20:16
Exeter Cheltenham Preview Evening – Friday, 26th February

Richard Hoiles (RH) (host), Harry Derham (HD), Philip Hobbs (PH), David Pipe (DP), Nick Schofield (NS) & Luke Tarr (LT) (Star Sports)

HD – Our [Paul Nicholls stable] main hopes are with are 4yos in the Triumph and Fred Winter. Last week we had 9 winners and the horses are looking well.

PH – We have very few horses for the Grade 1 conditions event which makes life very difficult.

DP – We don’t have many favourites, if any, but hopefully we can get some nice priced winners.


Day 1 Supreme

NS – [On Min] There’s no better jockey to help him settle than Ruby and he will probably ride him similar to Douvan. I think there is plenty of hype around Min though and we are hoping Nico can bring his ‘A’ game on day 1 with Altior and Vaniteux.

DP – The Supreme is the only race Moon Racer is entered in and I saw him loose school this morning and everything is going well and I’m still hopeful of getting there. It’s a mountain to climb but we are still in with a shout; much will depend on his schooling and not getting him fit, I’m not worried about that. If we can get him there in his best form then he could be the one to give Min a race

HD – I know Johnny Burke and he really likes Supasundae and he’s 14/1. I’d be keen to take Min on as he could easily get lit up.

RH – I’m also against Min as he’s too short for what he has done


Arkle

PH – [Garde La Victoire] He’s in the Arkle and the JLT and we will leave the decision until the last minute so we can wait and see what runs in what race. I think I’d rather take on Bristol De Mai than Douvan because we’ve beaten him. However, I think we are looking like placing so it will be a case off which race are we most likely to place in. If it came up soft we would definitely go for the Arkle.

DP – I think 2/5 about Douvan is value – he’s been to the Festival and done it before.

HD – I can’t see past Douvan

RH – I also think Douvan will run and the likely small field will allow him to be able to dictate.


Champion Hurdle [On where Annie Power should run]

NS – I’d run Annie Power in the Mares’ as she would be a good thing. She’s not an out-an-out Champion Hurdle horse in my eyes.

DP – They’ll go for the Champion Hurdle and that’s what I would do too.

PH – If she was a gelding I’d definitely go to the Champion but it depends what breeding interest they have.

HD – I remember her winning at Punchestown over 2m and Willie Mullins said afterwards that she’s not a 2m horse and wants further. She’s not had the ideal Champion Hurdle prep and she’s not a bomb proof jumper. All she’d have to do is canter around in the Mares’ race.

LT – I think Rich Ricci has wanted to run her in her in the Champion Hurdle the last two years. I think she is the biggest certainty to run in the Champion but whether she will or not is a different question.

[On the race]

HD – Nichols Canyon for me – he’s won six Grade 1 and I think 2m is his trip. He’s a very, very good horse and he’d be the one I’d want to ride. Old Guard is a lively outsider but that’s it; he’s not good enough to win it.

PH – I think Annie Power will win but I think 7/1 is each-way value on The New One if he’s back to his best. His performance at Haydock was much better than it looked and he jumped much straighter.

DP – I’d go for Annie Power.

NS – Old Guard has done nothing but improve and has a good each-way chance. You’ll see a much better horse than what we saw at Kempton.


OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

HD – [on Tara Point] It’s only a 50-50 chance she’ll make it. She’s extremely talented but everything would need to go right with her. She’s big and strong but very fragile and is difficult to train.


Ultima Handicap Chase

PH – Champagne West will run at Kempton on Saturday and the result will determine where he runs at the Festival. Sausalito Sunrise might run in the Ultima Handicap Chase but would be top weight. Our main hope in the race would be Kruzhlinin and going left-handed will suit much better and he could be the one to provide the Rooney’s with their first Cheltenham Festival winner.

DP – Un Temps Pour Tout will run over 3m but I’m not sure which race [also in the World Hurdle]. He hasn’t reached the same heights over fences as he did over hurdles and has a chance off 145 and I want to run him here but the owners might want to run in the World Hurlde.

HD – I think Southfield Theatre will run in this race. He’s been a bit disappointing this season but he has a good record at the Festival finishing second twice and he’s been trained for this race.


Other races

HD – [Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase] Bouvreuil is a horse we like a lot and the 2m4f trip will suit him.

LT – [National Hunt Chase] There’s been a lot of money for Native River.


Day 2

Neptune LT – It’s a race without any strength and depth and could cut up – 5 of the first 10 in the betting are unlikely to run and Yanworth is a long way clear.

DP – When Yanworth won at Cheltenham he cruised past Champers On Ice and Shantou Village, who are both good horses, and he will be very hard to beat.

HD – Alan King has trained some very good horses and he said he could be the best he’s trained and that’s good enough to me.


RSA

LT – No More Heroes is the clear favourite and there’s been solid support all winter. If Willie Mullins wasn’t around then Gordon Elliott would be champion trainer in Ireland and all he wants to do is talk about this horse. Blaklion is solid and is a nice each-way price and Seeyouatmidnight is also very good value and he would be about 5/1 if he was trained by someone else.

NS – Brian Hughes says better ground will suit Seeyouatmidnight so he’d be my pick

DP – I know Gordon [Elliott] likes No More Heroes a lot and he’s the one to beat but I’d go with Seeyouatmidnight; he’s solid and would be much shorter if he was trained by someone else.

PH – Blaklion perhaps but it’s an open race.

HD – Seeyouatmidnight has a good profile for this race.


Champion Chase

HD – [Dodging Bullets] I was bitterly disappointed with his run at Newbury and although the ground was soft, if you were going to win the Champion Chase you’d have to beat Top Gamble and we have a mountain to climb.

PH – Sprinter Sacre is nothing like the horse he was and Un De Sceaux looks a good thing. If you were looking for an each-way bet then Sire De Grugy.

DP – It’s great to see Sprinter Sacre running in the race and although he’s not back to his best, he is still very good. Un De Sceaux Is still the one to beat though.

NS – I can see Un De Sceaux leaving the others in his trail. Anyone who takes him on will ruin their own race.

Coral Cup

HD – Politologue is a really nice horse but on a mark of 140 doesn’t look well-handicapped and whether he’s man enough to win the Coral Cup I would have my doubts. I wouldn’t think he’s better than last year’s winner [Aux Ptits Soins] either. Baoulet Delaroque may have done his winning for this season having won three on the spin.

PH – We run Rock The Kasbah and he’s won two in a row so has gone up in the weights but the trip will suit and has a good each-way chance. He prefers soft ground.

DP – [Starchitect will hopefully come on for finishing 2nd in the Betfair and what also was encouraging was he made a bad mistake, but is more likely to run in the County and he should be competitive.

[Kings Palace] he runs in a Pertemps qualifier at Chepstow and has to finish in the first six to qualify. He stopped quickly in the Paddy Power and has had a wind op. He hasn’t been schooling well and he doesn’t like soft ground which is why he hasn’t run. He’ll improve for the run and is rated 5lb lower over hurdles and he could run well if he’s back to his best. I have a lot of belief in this horse but it does require a leap of faith because he has disappointed me a few times now.


X-Country

PH – Balthazar King is in good nick and we want good ground in March. His work at home as been as good as ever but he’s now got a dent on his side so whether that will affect his lung capacity I don’t know. It hasn’t stopped him at home and we’ve done plenty with him. Duke Of Lucca won’t run this season.

HD – Sire Collonges is in good form and has been trained for the race but I doubt he’ll be good enough but will run his race.


Fred Winter

HD – Diego du Charmil is a horse we like and his handicap mark is ‘fine’. Frodon will probably run in the Triumph.


Weatherbys Champion Bumper

PH – We have Westend Story in this and he’s unbeaten in bumpers but has beaten moderate opposition very easily.

DP – Ballyandy is favourite and has good form but Sue Gardner’s Coeur Blimey beat him at Ascot and is a bigger price.

LT – High Bridge could be one at 25/1 – 28/1. John Ferguson trained New Year’s Eve to finish 2nd in the race and he could be a lively outsider if he runs.


Thursday JLT

LT – One horse which has been well-backed is Three Musketeers (14/1 from 25/1) and definitely goes for this race. I can see Bristol De Mai finding one horse to good and it’s a good race for bookmakers. I’m going to side with Outlander as I think he’s a natural over fences.

PH – I’m favouring this race for Garde La Victoire but we will wait and see what runs.

HD – As De Mee runs in this but he was well stuffed by Bristol De Mai and I can’t see him winning.

DP – Bristol De Mai will take a lot of beating for me. He want soft ground and with the race being on the Thursday, if it hasn’t rained by then they will have watered so the ground will be dead and he’ll get his ground.

NS – Not sure what Bristol De Mai has beaten and I like Mr Hobbs’s horse Garde La Victoire; I think he’ll stay and is a solid jumper – I can see him beating Bristol De Mai.


Ryanair

HD – We run Vibrato Valtat and he’s an extremely likeable horse. I think the 2m4f trip will suit and he’s in really good order. The race could cut up but he could find one or two too good. I’d fancy Al Ferof if it was first time out but I can’t see him winning the race.

DP – Dynaste ran well at Ascot last time out and whilst he’s not getting any younger I’m hopeful there are a few more good days in him yet. He’s better left-handed and the better ground and wind op make him a lively outsider at big odds; he’s in great form at home and is a pleasure to have in the yard.

NS – [Al Ferof] I don’t think he’s improved for Dan [Skelton] and it would have to be a bad Ryanair if he won.


World Hurdle

LT – Thistlecrack keeps improving and looked imperious at Cheltenham last time out and although I always get this horse wrong, I do fancy him for this race. Think Thistlecrack and Alpha Des Obeaux are well clear. Saphir Du Rheu and Aux Ptits Soins are viable each-way options and whichever one Sam rides will shorten up considerably.

HD – Nick Schofield is one of the best judges and he loves Aux Ptits Soins but he likes Saphir Du Rheu for this race. APS has had lots of problems and faces an impossible task on the face of it but he’s one of the best horses I’ve ever sat on.

RH – I think the current 16/1 on offer for Saphir Du Rheu is good value – he will certainly trade shorter nearer the time.

NS – I don’t think even Paul knows which one has the best chance. They are both good enough but they have more to prove than Thistlecrack, who is very solid.

DP – Thistlecrack is the one they all have to beat but Ditcheat are quietly confident.


Other races

DP – La Vaticane is entered everywhere and is a very nice horse. We might try some sort of headgear but she is down the weights and may not get in.

RH – John’s Spirit in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate. They’ve done very well to get his handicap mark down and he’s back to a workable mark. He’s been running on softer ground than ideal and I’d be very surprised if he was still 20/1 if he lined up on good ground on the day.

NS – Art Mauresque could join John’s Spirit in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate; on better ground he should be bang there.


Kim Muir

RH – Our Father has been well-backed today for Gordon Elliott

DP – Gordon [Elliott] said Our Father is going very well and first time out is the time to catch him. Katkeau could run and the step up in trip will suit; we ran him over 2m3f last time to help brush his jumping up. Standing Ovation could sneak in and these would be my two in the race.

LT – The money coming for Our Father speaks volumes; there has been significant money for him.


Pertemps PH – [If In Doubt] He’s a much better horse over hurdles and in my opinion he needs 3m plus and he will hopefully have a good chance.


Triumph

HD – [Connetable] We weren’t surprised when he won at Sandown and I like him; he’s very tough and very hard and he would be my pick for the Triumph. Of all our 4yos however I like Clan Des Obeaux; I love him but he might not be hard enough, but I expect him to be the best of these in the future.

LT – Ivanovich Gorbatov has to be the worse priced runner at the Festival and I don’t understand how he is this short – I look forward to laying him on the day.


Albert Bartlett

LT – If I could have any horse in training in the UK it would be Barters Hill; he keeps on winning and the horses he beats keep coming out and winning too. I think he’s the nuts and I don’t think there’s a lot behind him – I love the horse and I want to back him and I want him to win.

DP – Champers On Ice represents each-way value and the step up to3m will suit, however we have been beaten by Shantou Village already.


Gold Cup

LT – It’s a brilliant, brilliant race. If I had to pick one it would be Cue Card because he has the speed and class. I’d also say Don Poli; he’s a big boat but he stays forever.

DP – I think Don Cossack is very good but he’s not a Gold Cup winner to me. I’ve always like Djakadam so it’s him or Cue Card for me.

PH – I don’t think Cue Card will win because I still don’t think he’s a thorough stayer, which Don Cossack is and he’s my selection. Smad Place each-way as well.

HD – I’m going to say something controversial here but I’m not sure Bryan Cooper gets on with Don Cossack – I’m not criticising Bryan Cooper because he’s a brilliant jockey but the horses record without him his better. I think whatever Ruby rides will win and I think he’ll ride Vautour.


County Hurdle

HD – I like Some Plan; he’s talented and he’s travelled well to two out the last twice and not jumped. Good ground is key and if they go flat out it will suit him and I love it when Paul trains one for a race.

PH – We have Wait For Me and after three runs over hurdles he is rated 131 and there could be lot of improvement to come for him, but he needs to jump and settle better. The could be lots more improvement to come on better ground too. The quicker they go might help as they’ve been going slow in his races to date.


Best Bets of the meeting

LT – Altior and Barters Hill

HD – Aux Ptit Soins and Qualando (Martin Pipe)

PH – Balthazar King [if it’s good ground]

RH – John’s Spirit

DP – Doctor Harper [whichever race he runs in]

NS – Connetable (e/w)
By:
Ming_the_Merciless
When: 01 Mar 16 08:26
great read Jon, tyvm


Fred Winter

HD – Diego du Charmil is a horse we like and his handicap mark is ‘fine’.


Gotta love quotes like this ;-)
By:
shockster
When: 01 Mar 16 10:18
Yes Ming,

I liked this one.


County Hurdle

HD – I like Some Plan; he’s talented and he’s travelled well to two out the last twice and not jumped. Good ground is key and if they go flat out it will suit him and I love it when Paul trains one for a race.
By:
Ramruma
When: 01 Mar 16 10:21
That Fred Winter DdC quote is from a stable who say the same thing every year, and are invariably proved wrong. The Nicholls barn makes Clive Brittain look pessimistic. They've got seven in the Triumph, which means they've got at least seven juveniles better than Diego du Charmil who was not entered.

The most significant thing is Hobbs saying at least twice that he'll wait to see who else is running where before he finalises running plans.
By:
Ming_the_Merciless
When: 01 Mar 16 11:46
I'd agree and say Nicholls hypes them up.....but Harry Durham is discussing the team in a more downbeat manner in the quotes below.... in what reads like a more realistic manner.
By:
Swardean
When: 01 Mar 16 12:39
IMO, All Yours is the Nichols County horse, but doesn't get a mention.
By:
JackieMoon33
When: 01 Mar 16 14:14
Ramruma,

I would personally take what the Nicholls camp say about the Fred Winter seriously. He is the only trainer to have won the race twice and has numerous placed horses in more recent years as well.

2015: 1st, 2nd and 5th from 3 runners
2014: 2nd, 4th and 7th from 3 runners
2013: 2nd, 3rd and 20th from 3 runners (the 20th horse was Saphir Du Rheu with Ruby on board)

From memory, the 2 horses he has run that were unraced on British soil were Sanctuaire (won in 2010) Katgary (2nd in 2014). Therefore you could argue he is adept at judging the horses ability in relation to its handicap mark in this race.
By:
maelduin
When: 01 Mar 16 14:52
Diego du Charmil is a plot. He had already qualified for the race and would have surely screwed his mark if they ran him. PN knows how to get one ready forst time.
By:
AfterShock
When: 02 Mar 16 11:48
Dublin Racing Club's Cheltenham Preview Night will take place at O'Callaghans Mont Clare Hotel, Merrion Sq. on Thursday, 3rd March @ 7:30pm

€10 Entry which includes €10 Free Bet and finger food.

All Entry & Raffle proceeds will go to the Irish Injured Jockeys.

Panel
David Jennings (MC)
Barry Connell
Andrew McNamara
Sean Flanagan
Tony Keenan
Nicola McGeady

Hope to see you all there.

DRC
By:
duffy
When: 02 Mar 16 14:56
Are there any links available for any events already held, can't find anything on youtube?
By:
ashleigh
When: 02 Mar 16 18:24
don't forget betfair.com 8pm tonight cheltenham preview with 
p nicholls
d russell
a mcnamara 
g o'brien 
m winstanley 
b flanagan 
b orr
d kirwan
By:
RBoyd86
When: 02 Mar 16 18:25
was just about to post that up ashleigH!
By:
Swardean
When: 02 Mar 16 18:35
Thanks for the head up ashleigh
By:
ACStafford
When: 02 Mar 16 19:09
Don't think I'm going to be able to watch tonight unfortunately. Does anyone know if it will be available to watch tomorrow?
By:
RBoyd86
When: 02 Mar 16 19:19
not sure ask on twitter mate best way? if u cant i will for u?
By:
TimmyRiggins
When: 02 Mar 16 19:36

Mar 2, 2016 -- 7:09PM, ACStafford wrote:


Don't think I'm going to be able to watch tonight unfortunately. Does anyone know if it will be available to watch tomorrow?


They have the old ones on their Youtube channel, so I'd imagine this one will be put up, too.

By:
ACStafford
When: 02 Mar 16 19:48
Excellent. I'll have a search for it tomorrow.
By:
TimmyRiggins
When: 02 Mar 16 20:01
https://www.youtube.com/user/Betfair

That's the channel AC.
By:
Swardean
When: 02 Mar 16 20:04
687 viewers wait patiently
By:
ACStafford
When: 02 Mar 16 20:05
Thanks Timmy.
By:
differentdrum
When: 02 Mar 16 20:05
Are they waiting for a 1000?
By:
kevinglass
When: 02 Mar 16 20:07
Must be getting the drinks in...
By:
ashleigh
When: 02 Mar 16 20:08
waiting for winstanley getting his drinks lined up.
By:
yeast
When: 02 Mar 16 20:08
testing 1,2
By:
Swardean
When: 02 Mar 16 20:08
20 minutes, must be queuing for the hot-pot
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