Was at a preview at the Sydney Arms last night. Compact venue, small crowd, good night. Tom Segal, Nicky Henderson, Jamie Osborne, John McCririck. Last 2 waste of time in terms of thoughts/advice, but Osborne came across well and good banter between him and Nicky.
All the usual stuff was talked...Douvan can't lose, Thistlecrack best horse at the festival, strong on VVM etc etc. A few soundbites of interest:
Day 1 - MTOY has it all to do after 2 years off the track, but working very well. Nicky felt that on soft ground Top Notch would definitely be in the mix coming round the final bend. Nicky really strong on Altior.
Day 2 - all like Yanworth, but Segal can't have him at the price. Shout out for Yorkhill if he runs. Panel strong on More of That. Nicky not so keen on win chances of Vyta du Roc. Segal stronger. Segal backed First Figaro for Dermot Weld in the Bumper. Good vibes from trainer & previews in Ireland. Felt like Nicky's best idea of a dark horse is Laurium - entered in the Coral but more likely to get into the Martin Pipe.
Day 3 - Nicky big fan of Bristol de Mai in the JLT. Segal shout out for Our Kaempfer in the Pertemps. Ryanair to go to Gigginstown - whether Road to Riches or Valseur. Nicky keen on Josses Hill but feels like he might be better right handed. Nicky thinks Whisper will turn up in the World Hurdle but probably running for place. Best of his in the Mares Novice is Bloody Mary but other two are decent too - Chocca Wocca, Robins Reef.
Day 4 - Nicky feels like King has a good hand in the Triumph, panel against Barters Hill at the price. Segal fancies Shantou Village, Segal strong on Superb Story in the County, Nicky's best in this one Cardinal Walter. Gold Cup, Osborne and Segal very strong on Don Cossack, Nicky would love Cue Card to win. Laurium in the Martin Pipe.
JP was also there - best bet of the festival On The Fringe in the Foxhunters. Working very well recently.
owner peter garvey of the sunnybank hotel in dublin had a preview night on march 4th, on the panel was david jennings of the racing post who put up minello rocco, ballyalton and un temps pour tout, garvey added annie power, vroum vroum mag and min for a £1 win lucky 63 for a return of 35k.