February 4, 2018 at 20:52 #1340876
What a meeting, everyone involved in bringing this weekend together deserve a big pat on the back.
So many great contests and performances.
For me, there are plenty of performances worth talking about and possibly even some that haven’t won worth noting. I am going to try and dodge a few of the ones already discussed on the boards, such as, Yorkhill.
Some Plan The winner of a poor standard G1 novice last year, he has taken some time to get back to form, having been highly tried. He’s probably better on sounder ground, and travelled well into this before falling 3 out…was he going to win? I can’t tell of course, but for me, he was in the process of running well and probably finishing in the first 4. I think he’s worth watching going forward.
That’s a Wrap Seemed to be jumping fine before one bad blunder 4 out….he was in with a shout still and has plenty of room off his mark going forward.
Miles to Memphis His jumping can let him down as he isn’t often fluent. He wasn’t foot perfect again, however, he was finishing well and for me a step back up in trip will suit him. He has some decent flat form to his name, and often runs well in these handicap hurdles….i feel he’s capable off his mark.
Blackbow + Rhinestone The bumper 1-2 to me look cracking prospects. Both are still learning and both are totally different types. Blackbow a taller leggier type while Rhinestone looks more compact and probably a 2miler. Both for me will show up well in the Spring bumpers, i wouldn’t rule out Rhinestone being suited better to them.
Merie Devie Followed some of the WPM camp in being weak in the market before the off..but i thought she had a right chance on her 2nd last run behind David’s Charm. Especially as this was back in mares company. She ran a fair race for me,
She travelled up the inner the whole race, then was pulled out when rounding the bend, looked to make ground again, + then (for me) strangely she was put back closer to the rail where she found trouble…the jockey eased off on her before riding her out after the last, where she ran on for never nearer 5th. I don’t really outright blame the jockey for all of this, but i think she’s better than that run.
Real Steel He was given the role of front runner for the Samcro procession…for me, he still showed that he possessed a good level of ability, where that stands him going forward is hard to know. Headed round the bend, he didn’t just tail off, he ran on probably very one paced. That sounds negative, but often the front runners that get headed, just fall out the back…this guy didn’t and 5th.
Duc Des Genievres Its possible that this guy is being flattered by being held up and running on at the finish, but that’s the second time in a row hes done his best work at the finish. Considering that his first run was over 2m4, you’d think dropping him to 2mile was strange especially since the tactics employed this time were very similar to the last time? I think he’s got good ability and will be better over further. They best plan to avoid Samcro probably!
Oscar Knight Quite an obvious one to watch considering how he was impeded by Flawless Escape, the winner won easy and the block wouldn’t have changed the result. I still think Oscar Knight was eye catching and will be interesting off this mark.
Al Boum Photo Firstly, What a race! For me, this guy is top drawer. I’ve liked him since his hurdling days, and i think he’s a real G1 horse. If he tidies his jumping, he will be a serious horse.Going over the last, i thought he was finished, as he was sandwiched and passed by the two either side of him..but no, hes ran on for second. The winner is also very good, and i wonder if 2m5 would suit him better at Cheltenham? Both superb prospects.
Jett Travelled well, and looked to be going well roundign the bend, before slowing…this horse will improve a lot for better ground. I am looking forward to seeing where they go with him throughout the Spring as he has a very workable mark.
That’s them, feel free to add
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!February 4, 2018 at 20:59 #1340880charlie87Participant
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Samcro. The end.February 4, 2018 at 21:01 #1340881DegaussedParticipant
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What have people made of him over his two chase runs? Imo, in neither did he convince that he’s comfortable jumping the bigger obstacles. For today, I can’t find any mention of lameness or injury, which would indicate he was pulled up because of his jumping mistakes. He’s only entered in the Cheltenham novice chases, but if he were mine I would consider sending him to the Stayers’ Hurdle or avoiding the festival altogether.February 4, 2018 at 21:05 #1340883thewexfordmanParticipant
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Voix du Reve – travelled very well today for a long time before fading. He hasn’t had many runs since falling in the Fred winter at the last two years ago. County hurdle maybe? Or coral cup?
Le Richebourg – same as above really, or martin pipe perhapsFebruary 7, 2018 at 00:16 #1341096Venture to CognacModerator
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Jack, totally agree with Jett. Stuck him up on the handicap thread, as I really do think he’s more than capable of a decent prize as the weather improves. Connections like a go at Cheltenham, and he has to be respected wherever he goes.
Oscar Knight another I follow closely, and I have about half a dozen targets in mind for him.
The jumping from Sutton Place was awful on Sunday, and I would be very happy to see him supplemented for The Stayers, but sadly, with UKWIMH, and Yanworth there, I think it’ll be unlikely.February 7, 2018 at 09:33 #1341112
Fair point Degaussed, i haven’t seen anything mentioned as to why he was pulled up either. I wonder was it a mix of his jumping and the fact hes so fragile, it wasn’t worth risking him continually jumping bad?
VTC, i wouldn’t be surprised if he does go back over hurdles, however, i am not sure he will be seen in the UK this spring at all. Punchestown perhaps and that might be it.
Wexford, VDR surely is due to be dropped a few pounds after both those efforts. Both targets would be interesting if he comes on for both runs, and spring ground.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!February 7, 2018 at 22:50 #1341195Venture to CognacModerator
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I’d agree with that Jack, been a massive fan of him since the early days, but they weren’t keen on Cheltenham for him last year, and it must be odds against that he’ll make the trip this year.February 8, 2018 at 14:32 #1341259
Jack, I like that shout for Miles to Memphis. He looked very regressive not too long ago, but I can see me siding with him in a big festival Handicap, as there is plenty of spark still thereFebruary 8, 2018 at 22:16 #1341319Ex RubyLightParticipant
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I only know one other horse (as a novice) that was more impressive than Footpad: Sprinter Sacre in the Festival Arkle. That one never came out of second gear, the same applies to Footpad. Townend couldn’t pull him up and was probably just wondering what he had underneath him.
The way he was traveling, jumping and the way he put the race to bed within a few strides. I’m not using any superlatives for him, just want to see him at the Festival.February 12, 2018 at 09:42 #1341821JAMIEDB9007Participant
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I backed Some Plan that day so watched him all the round round. His jumping is sketchy, he hit a few and still cruised up nicely before he fell. He’s obviously well weighted at the moment, and if he rocks up at Cheltenham with good ground, I will definitely be backing him again.February 20, 2018 at 13:09 #1343183
Miles to Memphis out tomorrow in competitive Pertemps qualifier. Over 3miles is interesting, i noted he should be stepped back up in trip, but the furthest he’s been in IRE is 2m4. I think he should be ok over the trip as he can stay 2miles on the flat no bother.
With much of the focus on Eagle Lion i will be hoping for a big enough price.
On first glance him and Delta Work the bets.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!February 21, 2018 at 11:03 #1343302
I’m not really into my betting midweek Jack, but he’s very interesting today. The same problem as ever with these qualifiers, is he just wanting first six??February 21, 2018 at 11:36 #1343306
Miles to Memphis would need to win and probably win well to have a hope of getting in to the race on his current mark…
Eagle Lion + Delta Work are two i’d worry about with regards to what finishing position they need to qualify.
Delta Work would ideally, not win today…whilst Eagle Lion off 131, might get 133-134 in england, if he won today and was put up 4 or 5 in Ireland, what would Phil Smith do is the question
last 5 lowest marks to get in have been 137, 135,135,135,135,135
So on last year off say his IRE mark he’d not get in without being put up a few pounds today…if he wins today and gets say 135 in ireland, he would get in just, you’d imagine….but the worry is Phil Smith sometimes doesnt bump up the Irish to what they “need”…
tricky tricky race to punt in…Miles to Memphis will get a small bet and that’ll be it!
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!February 21, 2018 at 20:23 #1343382
Just a small bet for myself Jack. I didn’t get a chance to watch the race but all academic nowFebruary 22, 2018 at 14:37 #1343472
Jett and Merie Devie have won since, but short odds…..I am not sure what this means for Jett now having won today?
Miles to Memphis, not great, havent watched whole race back will have to.
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!
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