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16 Nov 21 17:40
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honeysuckle the obvious place to start and the one to beat on last seasons form but we were in a similar place with epatante this time last year and she didnt reach the same heights as the previous season, could be  mares dont keep their form for long or they won very weak churdles ,who knows but at the price i have got to take her on .a few familiar faces in sharjah saldier epatant etc who will win trials but probably wont win the one that counts aspire tower jason the milatant   saint roi decent horses but this may be a bridge too far and the value may be finding an unexposed up and comer at a decent price . one that may be worth an each way pop is FRENCH ASEEL  who made an impressive debut at leopards over christmas bolting up by 22 lengths for annamarie holden on his debut  he may not have beaten much but it was the style of the win that impressed many ,subsequently purchased by the donnelys and now with willie mullins he was  fancied for the triumph hurdle and had been backed ante post but had a setback and missed the rest of the season  . french aseel has lots of french flat form winning 2 races and entered in the champion hurdle of course he would be an ideal type for one of the handicap hurdles and that may be where he ends up but take the fav out and its up for grabs imo and possible ferny hollow and appreciate it will be over fences this season and it could thin out .50/1  is speculative but ya dont need to put a lot on at that price . probably my few quid down the swannee already but i am not keen on much else in the race .
selection french aseel 50/1 each way  good luck you will need it ! opinions encouraged !
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Report FOYLESWAR November 16, 2021 5:44 PM GMT
he will be a 5 yo and they dont have a great record but espoir allen won a few years back and if they are good enough they are old enough !
Report irishone November 17, 2021 6:55 PM GMT
How can anyone oppose honeysuckle ?
Report FOYLESWAR November 17, 2021 8:23 PM GMT
they are all beatable  irish and around 7/4 i have no problem opposing her, that could have been a below average renewal ,plenty of improvers coming through ,as said epatante was all the rage this time last year but could not repeat it.
Report Bentring November 17, 2021 9:55 PM GMT
Looking back to Istabraq year's don't think 7/4 was available after 1st win in CH and he had plenty of pretenders to his crown that came up short.
Not saying she is his class but mighty impressed I was by her performance (I won't be tying up money)and likely to win again so 7/4 could be massive come march for those willing to be involved.
If she wins HG then Matheson at leopardstown Xmas or ICH in February whichever she runs in she be well odds on for March.
I can't at present time see anything worth betting against her so for me would be part of a multiple if I was doing another one.
Report irishone November 17, 2021 11:32 PM GMT
Foyles there are plenty of examples of mares keeping their form.
Then there's the pathetic excuse it was a weak year.

When you look at the winners of the Champion Hurdle there is no asterisk or bracket by them denoting "weak year"

Its a losers sour grapes
Report Quevega06 November 18, 2021 12:33 AM GMT
Report Quevega06 November 18, 2021 12:35 AM GMT
Honeysuckle is surely a free one.. If a weak race last year, worse this yr no ?? ..
Report FOYLESWAR November 18, 2021 8:14 AM GMT
no problems lads all about opinions if ya think the 7/4 or 11/4 whatever lump on ! i try to look beyond the obvious ,it sometimes comes off !
Report irishone November 19, 2021 8:10 AM GMT
Report duffy November 19, 2021 2:23 PM GMT
You put an asterisk next to it to denote a non weak year these daysWink

No point looking beyond the obvious at this point.
Report irishone December 1, 2021 7:17 PM GMT
Honeysuckle wasn't 100% last weekend.

Willie did his best to unsettle her with some of his best hurdlers
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