November 30, 2020 at 18:15 #1512658charlie87Participant
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What did HDB see this weekend that would make him even remotely entertain the notion of a Champion Hurdle for Honeysuckle? For me that well and truly died a death this weekend, and I see no reason after publicly stating they chose her optimum trip for Cheltenham last year, that they would change their minds this year, even more so based on what we’ve just seen. She still jumps high (probably because they’ve schooled over fences) and Epatante would out jump her and beat her. The mares is there for the taking and that’s where she will go IMO.November 30, 2020 at 19:44 #1512660He Didnt Like GroundParticipant
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Epanante is a more than worthy favourite but it doesn’t mean that she should be scaring everyone away , it’s still 3 months to Cheltenham ( I am counting the days ) and plenty can change before then , we ve still to see Goshen toNovember 30, 2020 at 20:36 #1512669charlie87Participant
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I completely agree HDLTG. She wont be scaring away whatever WPM has, but that 7lbs is massive.December 5, 2020 at 23:53 #1513272TomBarkley87Participant
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The Epatante performance last weekend was initially very impressive visually, but broken down with hindsight I see it very differently.
The carnage at the first basically put Daryl Jacob in an impossible position of trying to make all aboard a smooth traveller who comes from off the pace. It was only ever set up for the mare at that point and the writing was on the wall for Sceau Royal et al.
It also reminded me of a couple of years ago, where joe public had already started coronating Buveur D’Air with a third Champion Hurdle having seen off Samcro with aplomb.
That’s not to crab the chances of Epatante, although she really does make limited appeal at this stage in what looks a stronger race. Myself I’ll be looking to give Saint Roi another chance at Christmas and hope that the race is run more satisfactorily.
@TomBarkley87December 9, 2020 at 18:53 #1513636JasolongParticipant
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Epatante out to 3.25 on exchanges from 2.8 last week. Wouldn’t have expected that.
Starting to think is she a doubt for Christmas hurdle?December 9, 2020 at 18:57 #1513638He Didnt Like GroundParticipant
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I’m sure Nicky will let us all know at the earliest opportunity if she is not running …December 9, 2020 at 19:55 #1513642
If he says she’s not well she will run
If he says she is absolutely flying expect her to be pulledDecember 11, 2020 at 20:47 #1513868
Goshen 28/1 to win tomorrow and this with betfair sportsbookDecember 12, 2020 at 07:47 #1513902
I’ve had a bit on that.
Moore says about today’s race, “I think he’s a phenomenal horse and I think he can win.”December 12, 2020 at 10:46 #1513924buckersParticipant
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I will have to take that as well I think lads. I know that’s it’s one of those too good to be true offers we’ve all seen before. I would kick myself though if I missed that.December 12, 2020 at 11:49 #1513935
No brainer really even if you dont like goshen
It should be 14/1-16/1December 12, 2020 at 15:08 #1514005
Epatante ought to be 6-4 now. Whose going to run to 172+ to beat her?December 12, 2020 at 15:26 #1514017
Saint Roi is the only horse I could see improving enough to beat herDecember 12, 2020 at 15:53 #1514021Cork All StarParticipant
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What is Dave Nevison going on about on RTV? He said it was a shame Goshen was beaten because we need some English challengers to Epatante. Unless he knows something I don’t, she is still trained in the distinctly English setting of Lambourn.December 12, 2020 at 15:57 #1514022
I think I knew what he meant Cork which was that Epatante’s challengers may be only from Ireland.
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