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    Nathan Hughes
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    I see Altior has a Ryanair entry
    He has gone from in Hendersons words being an out and out 2 miler to potentially King George runner to an out and out miler to looking like he needs to step up in trip… :wacko:

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    #1516929
    Gladiateur
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    Dan Skelton in the Racing Post:

    “The whole idea of needing an undefeated champion and having a whole season that revolves around Cheltenham isn’t good for the sport.”

    I wonder at whom that barb is aimed?

    #1516932
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Excellent interview from Skelton for me. And yes I wonder too.

    It’s surely reaching breaking point when a brilliant historic race like the Tingle Creek is getting rubbished as a ‘trial’.

    Can’t think why sponsorship and prize money are a problem…..

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    Cork All Star
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    I read an article in “Racing Ahead” magazine written by Ben Morgan in which he defended Henderson’s decision about Altior and the Tingle Creek and said he had earned the right to do whatever he wants.

    I think that is a ridiculous statement. Is he really suggesting that Henderson can never be wrong and should not be the subject of any scrutiny or criticism? If so, that is not healthy for racing. No one is bigger than the sport, no matter how successful they have been.

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    sporting sam
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    Breaking news from the RP…
    “I want to run Champ now, but there isn’t a race”….

    #1517569
    apracing
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    What he means is:

    “There isn’t a three runner graduation chase worth twenty grand just down the road from Lambourn.”

    He could of course run Champ in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on Saturday week, but that’s one of those horrible handicap things, which would mean Champ might have to, God forbid, carry top weight. And that would obviously be too stressful considering it’s only eight weeks before Cheltenham. Wouldn’t want another ‘unconcious’ chaser in the yard, would we Nicky?

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    Cork All Star
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    Champ has a Stayers Hurdle entry (currently 27 on Betfair). It must be worth throwing a bit his way. If he flops in the Cotswold Chase, there would have to be a huge doubt in him going to the Gold Cup and if he lines up in the Stayers he will be a fraction of the price.

    #1517574
    Nathan Hughes
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    Plus Nicky has a ready made winner in Santini.. :whistle:

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    #1517590
    Gingertipster
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    There’s no problem with a good jumper running in a handicap.
    But does Champ jump well enough to risk such a valuable horse in a competitive handicap AP?

    That said, can’t remember Nicky running a potentially top class chaser in a handicap.

    value is everything
    #1517592
    Gladiateur
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    Trabolgan and Bob’s Worth in the Hennessy?

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    Gingertipster
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    True, Gladiateur. Having been at Newbury to see them I should’ve remembered the Hennessey. Hennessey is – other than being a good race in its own right – an established Cheltenham trial. Other than the Hennessey?

    value is everything
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    greenasgrass
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    But does Champ jump well enough to risk such a valuable horse in a competitive handicap AP?

    Probably not but he’s a 9 year old gelding who has never jumped a fence in open company. Not going to get any more valuable standing in the stable.

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    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Sick to death of Nicky ‘its all about one day in March’ Henderson.

    I actually wish he would sod off. Bad for the sport.

    #1517638
    Tank
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    Forgetting about the way he campaigns his charges – Nicky seems like a good man and I’ve always liked him. Was well pleased when he regained the champion trainer title a few years ago. The one guy I’ve never taken to is Nicholls, a shifty cove in my book -and I hate the way he shifts his weight from one leg to the other when he’s being interviewed.

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    Venture to Cognac
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    As I said one Page One of this thread, the one thing that really pissed me off last season, was him mentioning several times that Altior was being considered for Ryanair/Gold Cup. People understandably bet him for those races as a result of that. Come the very day of the initial entry stage for all three races, he decides to inform us that he wouldn’t be getting an entry in the Ryanair or Gold Cup.

    This season all he talks about is The Champion Chase being the #1 target, but come the day for the initial entries for those races, he decides to tell us Altior is getting an entry in The Ryanair.

    It’s just very poor, and it looks deliberately misleading to me. I don’t think for a second that he’s betting in these markets, but I’m sure someone further down his chain is making a skin off of it. He’s not that naive that he doesn’t realise people will bet off the back of these misleading comments. For the record, I didn’t bet him in any race last season or this.

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