September 28, 2006 at 03:14 #3058GreenGreenDesertMember
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There may be the possibility of KOLORADO the Czech supertsar and arguably the best chaser in Europe, running at Cheltenham in november.
Robin Healey of "Paddock revue" in Prague reports:
What next for Kolorado and Masini?<br>According to the Czech-language version of the Paddock Revue web site, owners Wrbna Racing and trainer Cestmir Olehla are considering where to race Gran Premio Merano Forst winner Kolorado, currently the best Czech steeplechaser. They are considering running him at Auteuil or perhaps at Cheltenham in November. 2004 Gran Premio winner Masini, in the same ownership, was weary after his efforts at Merano, but he too might go for the Sporting Index Chase at Cheltenham. The final word will go to the owners.
<br>September 28, 2006 at 08:32 #78106AragornMember
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arguably the best chaser in Europe
Thats a bold statement GGD!! Lets hope the Czech’s come over then if there that good…September 28, 2006 at 08:46 #78107davidjohnsonMember
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The best chasers in Europe don’t come over for that cross-country rubbish where they dawdle round and only give some Dr Pritchard beast with 80 lb to find a 30 lb beating.September 28, 2006 at 09:01 #78108AragornMember
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Surely the best chaser in Europe would come over and walk the Pillar chase?!?!October 2, 2006 at 00:03 #78109GreenGreenDesertMember
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You have to remember that NONE of our steeplechasers…and we have sent good ones…have won a race there since Its a Snip . Remember horses like Djeddah and Irish Stamp and Paddy’s Return and Supreme Charm and Superior Finish didn’t do any good there. Risk of Thunder, 7 times winner of the La Touche could only manage 2nd under an inspired ride from Ken Whelan.
Their horses are new coming to the end of their season. They have had a hard campaign. Worth remembering Peruan and Marketplace beat all the British horses in the very first sporting index after a very hard Velka.
You understimate the quality of Czech hoses at your peril. Remember that Galileo was pretty moderate in the Czech Republic but he hacked up at Cheltenham Festival.
The problem with the pillar or the festival is that the ground is frozen in the Czech republic from December to March….so it would be difficult to prepare them.
But Kolorado…if the owners wanted it…would certainly not be out of his depth in the Cheltenham gold Cup and I think Edward Gillespie will try to encourage the connections Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â to participate.
The Sporting Index is an excellent race and of excepional quality .Most conventional chasers would be unable to tackle it…and certainly unable to tackle the velka. <br>The Velka is the ultimate test of a horse on every type of ground , and at a variety of pace. It requires a hse to be highly intelligent, veratile, adpatable and quick, at the same time to have incerduible stamina. Kolorado would be no good at it…..but unquestionably has the credentials for a serious Gold Cup challenger. Massini too (6th in the French grand Steeplechase) would be a serious contender.
If Kolorado was entered in the Gold Cup and he was prepared here …he would beat any British horse in my opinion at the moment. He is fast, agile, dynamic and has bags of stamina. But the Irish chasers I don’t know. they have some pretty good ones at present. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But when Kolraod can go around winning half a million pinds a year in Europe against their best what would motivate them to come to Cheltenham in March for a tough race out of their season?
(Edited by GreenGreenDesert at 1:08 am on Oct. 2, 2006)<br>
(Edited by GreenGreenDesert at 4:52 am on Oct. 2, 2006)
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