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Don’t need to say anything else.February 10, 2007 at 15:59 #28764cormack15Keymaster
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Great to see that.February 10, 2007 at 15:59 #28765Racing DailyParticipant
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Can’t fault that. Great performance.February 10, 2007 at 16:02 #28766SalselonMember
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The best chaser in training returns … ;)
A joy to watch. Well Chief coming upsides Ashley Brook was the moment of the season for me.February 10, 2007 at 16:25 #28767AlderbrookMember
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Good to see him back and winning like that.
7/4 for Cheltenham appears a bit short though.February 10, 2007 at 16:29 #28768
He won’t be 7/4 on the day. Looks to retain all his ability. That puts him a stone ahead of everyone else so looks a morre than fair price to me.February 10, 2007 at 16:32 #28769AidanMember
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Actually think 7/4 looks a great price!! Wonderful horse reminding us of how brilliant the "trio" were a couple of years back. Great training performance as well.February 10, 2007 at 16:35 #28770AlchemistParticipant
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It was some performance today, and I certaily wouldnt like to lay much 7/4 to be honest, especially if you take the veiw that Well Chief may not have been fully wound up today.
Whilst some of the interest was taken out wih VPU coming down, it has to be suspected that he wouldnt have got near to WC anyway, especially conceding 10lb. For VPU to have won that, believe he would have had to run to something like 175+, I I dont hve him down as being that good.February 10, 2007 at 16:54 #28771
With an owner that likes a bet, there is no way the horse would have been so strong in the market if he wasn’t 100% fit today in my opinion.February 10, 2007 at 17:01 #28772AlchemistParticipant
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i’m not so sure DJ, theres fit and then there is Pipe fit (if you know what I mean).
Listening to the reports earlier in the week (if you believe them) DJ seemed more keen to head to Cheltenham, but opted to get some racecouse work back into him.<br>February 10, 2007 at 18:23 #28773PerpetualParticipant
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Impossible not to be impressed with that & is likely to be my banker in 4 weeksFebruary 10, 2007 at 18:42 #28774clivexMember
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To my very amateur eye he looked a bit less fit than most of the others in the paddock ( i backed sporazene :( ) which i suppose we should expect
Nothing else to say other than that was one of the highlights of the seasonFebruary 10, 2007 at 18:58 #28775AraziMember
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I really hope everything goes smoothly in training for Well Chief between now and Cheltenham. He deserves to have his name alongside Moscow Flyer & Azertyuiop as a Champion Chase winner.February 10, 2007 at 19:30 #28776StormontMember
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No matter how fit they might have got him at home he wouldnt have been 100%. The fact that he won on the bridle means that we can’t really be sure how fit he was……… if push came to shove he may have blew up close home, we don’t know.
That race will put him spot on for Chelters and he should be very hard to beat, although if Voy Por hadn’t have fallen would he and Well Chief fought it out today?
That is my only doubt because we are yet to see the two together and Voy Por’s jumping is usually good.February 10, 2007 at 19:35 #28777FlatSeasonLoverMember
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Stormont I would think that Well Chief had Voy Por ustedes well covered. Having said that you cannot forget the weight turn around at Cheltenham. Did anyone back Well Chief antepost before this race? I’ve got a antepost bet on VPU but I think Well Chief is going to be difficult to beat in the Champion now.
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