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I’d try to run both of them. What if the Christmas Hurdle would be a victim of the weather? Things are quite unpredictable now, just get a run in both of them. Maybe the BHB should introduce the “Seven Barrows G1 Hurdle” so Nicky’s horses would be walked over to the start….
Thanks, landafar. I Am Maximus was rated 158 before the race and could be upped somewhere into the lower 160s. Considering a field of only 34 runners, the GN could be ultra competitive in 2024. Since he has the gears to quicken over shorter, why not go for the GC first? He’ll be only 8 in four weeks time.
Well said, bf. Remember when Large Action won the race 1st time out back in 1996. Master Beveled went over there twice, but somehow after Istabraq and the James Bowe domination at the beginning of the new millennium British raiders were non-existent.
Thanks DBRDBR. I guess he’ll be more prominent for the GN after today. There isn’t much to go for with such a stamina/marathon type.
You could be right, LD. Only time will tell what today’s form is worth, but from my point of view IEP needs to travel a lot smoother through his races than he did today. He wasn’t really fit today, imo. But nevertheless connections will be considering plan B over hurdles.
Even if he’s dropped back to 2 miles, he still lacks the ease Constitution Hill shows when travelling through his races. I see no point why IEP should be aimed at the runner-up spot in March. He showed no signs of acceleration today.
Not really 100% fit. He looked more like Stayers’ material, not so much Champion Hurdle class.
Thanks, green. As already mentioned, it was just because of his experience.
The trip might be way on he short side, but he could benefit from his huge experience over fences. I’ll go with I Am Maximus 14s EW.
Tonge ripped him two years ago, but just mentioned the Cape Guineas winner from today a 3-year old filly named Beach Bomb.
Poster of the year: —-
Flat horse of the year: —-
Jumps horse of the year: —-
Flat jockey of the year: Jim Crowley
Jumps jockey of the year: Paul Townend
Flat trainer of the year: J.-C. Rouget
Jumps trainer of the year: Willie Mullins
Hero of the year: Quinault (started the season off 59 and is now OR 102)
Riding Performance of the year: The Derek Fox Ultima / GN double
Broadcaster of the year: —-
One to watch 2024: —-
Racecourse of the year: Goodwood
Journalist of the year: —-
Villain of the year: The so-called charity races
Owner of the year: Shadwell
Commentator of the year: —-
Thread of the year: Grand National aftermath
“This typically goes to a 6-8 year old carrying 11 stone 6 or less. Hard to gauge at this stage a strong fancy.”
True words, Mike, but I didn’t back him.
Well done winners. I had a long look at the Stage Star form, but went for the other two horses EW.
The first two home looked very decent in front and none of them was really stopping when going beyond 3 miles. Both trainers will have very tough decisions to make as I don’t rate them as true Gold Cup contenders, but both still very well suited by a stamina test.
Our Power EW 28s and Zanza EW 33s
Nine times, it seems to me as if he isn’t familiar with any whip rules. Nut, why wait another five days to disqualify him? As Cork stated, what about the punters who backed the runner-up?
They should benefit from the rule, too.
After watching the replay a couple of times, I’ve noticed once again that Harry Cobden ridden chasers tend to be untidy towards the end of the race.
Pic D’Orhy brushed through the top over the final three fences and hit the 2nd last quite hard which caused a little stumble on landing. He wasn’t brilliant on other chasers as well.
Well done do Sheila Lewis for picking the right race. If you’re absent you can’t pick up any prize-money and she did it despite her stable being very cold in the past 14 days or so.
Oh, I’m not so sure about the 2m champion chasers. Paul has won six CCs and eleven Tingle Creeks. Nicky is also on six CC winners, but only has two Tingle Creeks to his name. probably because he doesn’t like running them that early in December.