I think the race is alrite, if it were up to me I would just move it earlier in the calendar, to a week before the Paddy Power Gold Cup. That gives the horses more recovery time for the King George if they want to attempt the treble as it can get exhausting on the ground.
Agreed Mike, and not just for the sake of the winner. Remember Tea for Two staggering over the last couple of fences the year BDM won by a record margin on heavy? He probably still wouldn’t have beaten Might Bite in the KG but it may have made for a closer more exciting finish.
Intresting Mullins said MELON likely target here in 2021 be Gold cup even though owner got dual winner as owner showed in supreme no issue in running 2 of his horses in same race.Horse only comes alive during the festival
I’m not a fan of Santini’s intended prep for this. Cotswold Chase, on usual heavy ground, usually destroys Cheltenham prospects. Got very lucky with the weather last year. Boring, but I can’t look beyond Al Boum Photo at present.
Willie Mullins mentions in his ‘Five to Follow’ Sporting Life interview that Carefully Selected could be an outsider for this and encourages nibbles at the early prices. Seems quite a bold comment by his standards. The horse would have to improve considerably from his Novice Chase effort last year but Native River is an obvious example of a horse than was beaten in that race but went on to win the big one.