Top 10 Things to do At Cheltenham Festival

Top 10 ways to spend your time at the Greatest show on Turf
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I am sadly only going to one day of the festival this year. I normally do all four if I can. Unfortunately this year and last my turn out has been less than satisfactory.

Last year I only went to the Gold Cup because I had the small problem of a hefty 15,000-word dissertation to contend with. This year I am on a masters and I’m not sure taking four days off for horse racing will really cut it. Which is a shame

But in my absence I thought I would give you lucky people who have the privilege to attend the best sporting event of the calendar some pointers of how best to spend your time.

1. Make sure you pay a visit to the pre-parade ring. There is nothing better than seeing the trainers final prep before the big race in the saddling enclosure. You catch a glimpse of the some weird and wonderful routines each trainer has. But also to see the horses before they come out in front of the big crowds it can really give you some good inspiration in terms of betting.

2. Watch the Cross-Country race from the middle of the course. There is nothing more exhilarating than watching the chaotic events of the cross-country race unfold before your very eyes. If you go to the centre of the course to enjoy this spectacle you can get so close that you may even have splatterings of mud on you when you return to the centre. There is even a bookie over there in case you want a cheeky bet.

3. Watch the Gold Cup from the lawn. There is no better place in terms of atmosphere. But a warning…before you have a rant about a horse that may have lost you a packet have a look round first. Often many of the trainers watch from the lawn so it’s likely you will be rubbing shoulders with racing royalty.

guinness800_2426186[1]4. Spend some time in the fun areas of the course. Go and spend your winnings in the Guinness Village. The Guinness might be overpriced but it still tastes just as good. The Arkle bar is a good place to quench your thirst and the good news is you’re only a stones throw away from the winning post.

5. Have a wonder round the Hall of Fame. This is a great museum right on your doorstep. Wonder through the halls where you are surrounded by colours of former Gold Cup winners right from Red Splash in 1924 taking you all the way up to Synchronised in 2012. This is great place to pass the time if the weather is bad, but also if you just have a free moment.

6. Have your picture taken with the various statues dotted around the course. You have a plethora of greats from old and new. Have a picture snapped with the great Golden Miller or the beautiful mare Dawn Run.

7. Have a bet on a horse just because you like the name. I went to the festival one year with a group of friends who did not know a huge amount about racing. One friend placed a bet on Bertie’s Dream at 33-1 and came away 80 quid better off.

8. Go to the Best Mate statue. Every year there is a band around the 3 times Gold cup winner Best Mate’s statue. They normally have a poem read out about his wins. It’s a nice way to spend some time while waiting around for the next race.

9. Hit the shops. This is a good way to spend time waiting at the end of the day if you hate traffic jams. Wonder aimlessly through the shopping district. But men are warned if they take along their wives or girlfriends, it’s unlikely you will leave with the day’s winnings!

10. Finally…Make sure you do enjoy every race of the meeting whether they be Grade One’s, Handicaps or Amateur races because it truly is the Greatest show on Turf….

    Paddy Power Gold Cup Preview 2015

    Eastlake-Aintree-AP-McCoy-SL_3025804[1]THE Paddy Power Gold Cup has proved a graveyard for favourites over the years. Even horses of the highest of class find things difficult in this race so I’d be reluctant to be looking at anything at a single-figure price.

    The two that head the market are Kings Palace and Boondooma and while both look to have excellent profiles for the race, there are enough alarm bells ringing to point me elsewhere – especially when neither are any bigger than 8-1 in the market.

    Let’s start with Kings Palace. Three from five at Cheltenham and trained by David Pipe whose father, Martin, saddled no less than eight winners in this famous race, this seven-year-old appears well handicapped considering he is three from five at the track but the staying chaser is a little more complicated
    than his bare form suggests.

    First of all – and most importantly – there are big question marks over his jumping. Yes his win record is impressive but, throughout his career, when he has really required his jumping ability he has flopped – falling when weakening in the Albert Bartlett two seasons ago and making a bad mistake at a crucial
    point in the RSA last season.

    Infact, apart from a sole defeat in a bumper earlier on in his career, Kings Palace’s only defeats have come because of jumping mistakes and in the Paddy Power, with a field of 20-plus, his jumping is almost certainly going to come under pressure.

    That along with a trip likely to be too sharp, he’s one I’ll be chalking off.

    Boondooma is trained by one of the shrewdest around in Dr Richard Newland. While it would seem his three-length victory in a 2m handicap chase at Cheltenham last month won’t have done him any favours with regards to his weight, don’t underestimate the Doctor’s knowledge of this game as he wouldn’t be sending this lightly-raced eight-year-old into the race as a second thought. He’ll be right on the money but I think there could be a few better handicapped horses who have more improvement in them in the field and one in particular catches the eye.

    Art Mauresque,
    saddled by Saturday’s man-of-moment Paul Nicholls, looks to have the perfect profile for the race. As is often the case with French recruits, this five-year-old has taken a little time to come into himself. A talented but frustrating juvenile campaign was followed by a promising novice chase season where he won three times from four races where his only defeat came when well beaten in a Grade one at Aintree. He followed up with two more victories in April and May with the latter a pulsating 23-length victory
    over Cash And Go at Kempton.

    Remarkably, the handicapper left him unchanged on a mark of 144. After an encouraging seasonal reappearance when beaten just three lengths by Irish Cavalier, he was put up just 3lbs to 147 for an eight-length romp in a novice chase over the Paddy Power Gold Cup course and distance which should have put him spot on for this giving him a serious chance despite never running in a field of more than six before.

    Nicholls looks likely to have just the two in the race with Sound Investment likely to be the other if, as expected, Ptit Zig is taken out.

    Sound Investment will, however, have to shoulder top weight and he would have to be a serious horse to give weight to all of this field. That said Johns Spirit came within a head of doing just that last year but he didn’t look out of company at Grade 1 level and Sound Investment would have to be that good to win giving weight to the field.

    A horse that could be up to that level is the Nicky
    Henderson-trained Cocktails At Dawn.
    After taking a couple of seasons to find himself, this seven-year-old bounced back to form in blistering style when winning a novice handicap chase at Sandown in April.

    Henderson has claimed Cocktails At Dawn has been working his socks off during the summer and produced a lovely round of jumping to win in fine style at Chepstow last month – the third, Native River, has won subsequently – and while that win has not helped his chances in regards to his handicap mark, he could
    prove to be a class above if he continues his improvement. It’s hard to see how he could be out of the places after such a glorious round of jumping at Chepstow and with William Hill paying out the first five past the post, he is worth a punt.

    Of the others Buywise will most definitely run his race – as he always does – but he has had plenty of opportunities to score at this level and I’d be surprised if this proved to be his day. He has a serious engine but his unique way of getting from A to B has hindered his chances in the past and he looked,
    if anything, too cautious at his fences when third behind Sound Investment in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree last month.

    Present View is 1lb lower than he was when finishing two lengths behind the winner last year but his seasonal reappearance at Ascot last month was appalling and he would have to show a big improvement if he was to get involved.

    Win: Art Mauresque (14-1 generally) Each-way: Cocktails At Dawn (16-1 William Hill *5 places)

      Top 5 Moments of Cheltenham Festival 2014

      The best week of the year is now over. It was as billed to be a surprising four days and as far a winners go it did not disappoint. I’m not one to be taken in by odds given by bookmakers but just glancing down at the winners just of the four premier races, with the exception of the Queen Mother champion chase, the prices alone can confirm that not many expected many of the results over the last week.

      I was doing some reading on the social media sites on the Monday before kick off and someone had tweeted a picture of what they believed to be the main contenders of the most exciting Champion Hurdle in recent years. The picture showed Henderson’s My Tent or Yours, two time winner Hurricane Fly, Twiston Davies’ young the pretender the New One and the ill fated Our Conor. There was a comment underneath the picture from a user that asked: “Where is Jezki?” and the witty repose was: “Something people will be asking around 3.26pm tomorrow.” This puts a lot of weeks results in a nutshell. Surprise winners and therefore, I believe, exciting racing.

      I have picked out my Top 5 favourite moments of the meeting.

      5. Balthazar is king of the Cross Country:

      This was undoubtedly one of the most impressive and popular performances of the week. As we have learnt from this festival especially it takes a great horse to come back to a festival let alone defend his crown. In the case of Balthazar King it wasn’t what he did, it was the manner in which he did it. Having lead most of the way through the twists and turns of Cheltenham’s famous cross country race, he was hard pressed by the fast finishing Any Currency but held on to beat him by a short head. Not only was this one of the most exciting finishes of the week it was a prime example of why Richard Johnson is the second most successful jockey in history. He has a way of hunting round, not panicking and let his horses approach a race naturally. Hopefully the National will be the next stop for this talented horse and if he does come round the Elbow in front it will be Johnsons first win in a race and you can’t help but think he deserves to win.

      4. Jockeys, jockeys, jockeys

      I wonder what the odds for Barry Geraghty having three winners at the Festival were? Pretty short I would imagine. Take Nicky Henderson out of that equation and I would think if there is a person out there who took that bet they are most likely sitting on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific having paid off the mortgage and all their children’s school fees. It was almost unbelievable. But what it exemplified was…Need someone for a big race? Barry’s your man. The rides he gave all three horses were exceptional. Especially on More of That. Coming up the hill Annie Power looked to be going the better of the two and but Geraghty’s strength in a finish is second to none. This week it also seemed he liked a nice spin round on a spare ride preferably a JP Mcmanus horse.

      De Boinville vs AP?….De Boinville
      We truly are in a Golden Age of jockeys. The list of top class riders is endless, AP McCoy head and shoulders above the rest? However young rider Nico de Boinville based at Nicky Henderson’s Lamborn yard is possibly most known for being the work rider for both Sprinter Sacre and Long Run. Now he will be most notable for riding his bosses sole winner of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. It came in the Coral cup on Wednesday aboard the Dai Walters owned Whisper. This victory was sweet redemption for the young rider having been beaten a short head the day before but also because the man he beat into second was the magician in a finish, the man who many people believe has the capabilities to get a 15 year old donkey across the line in front. It was pure guts and determination and absolute joy to witness.

      3. Nostalgia as Culloty is back in the winners enclosure.

      It was nearly 10 years ago to the day that jockey Jim Culloty was in the winners enclosure at the festival, albeit in an entirely different outfit. Jockey aboard in all three of Best Mates Gold Cup runs, Jim Culloty must have found it hard to fight all sorts of emotions swirling around his head on Friday. Although Lord Windermere was possibly not the horse most people expected to see come into the enclosure with that rather apocalyptic music blasting from the rooftops, it was however a familiar and satisfying site to see Jim return to the very spot he had made his own for so many years.

      He said after the race that his instructions to Davy Russell were to ride a patient race from the back, but half way round admitted to wanting to “sack the jockey” after he believed he had taken the instructions rather too far, as the horse lay right out the back for the best part of two and a half miles. It was the shock of the festival, but no one was more dumbfounded than the jockey himself. It goes to show that these animals can surprise anyone, even the pilot on board.

      2. Sire de Grughy doing it for the family..

      If there was a horse coming into the week with everything to prove, I believe unfairly, it was the Gary Moore trained Sire de Grugy. This horse had done everything right this season and with the absence of Sprinter Sacre in the 2 mile Champion Chase he deserved to go off favourite. Although the morning of the race he was about as weak as second hand teabag. There were horses who had to find a lot more than this horse, like Captain Conan who were vying for favouritism.

      Coming up to the last fence in the Queen Mother there were, I’m sure, plenty of people hanging their heads in shame for ever doubting this progressive chaser when he hopped over the last fence and surged up the hill in front. It was an amazing win for Gary Moore, a trainer who does not get enough credit for the horses his produces for the big days and the way he has handled this horse is nothing short of genius. He has never been afraid to run him, to take on the big guns and always had absolute faith in the horse. It is something we should all admire him for.

      1. Quevega.

      There are not enough adjectives in the English dictionary to explain the enormity of what this mare has achieved. Her win at the Festival this year was her sixth triumph. To get a horse back for any race at the festival is a feat that not many can ever match, but to get a horse back six times and win all six of them is something I don’t believe will ever be matched again. Coming down the hill although Ruby was looking comfortable, there were also a host of horses which were looking as comfortable and for a second I was naive enough to think that the Queen’s crown was slowly slipping away.

      But in usual style she stalked through the field and came up the hill, which incidentally she believes is flat, and produced her normal dominant performance that we as racegoers have rather begun to take for granted.

      It is a true testament to Willie Mullins and his incredible team that she has kept her fit and healthy for this long and on Tuesday the heroine became a legend. It truly was the performance of a lifetime, something that will most likely never be repeated.

      Away from the good stuff….

      Although the week was one of exceptional sporting excellence, one must also not forget that our entertainment can come at a high price. There was a moment on Friday that exemplified no more clearly that elation can often come hand in hand with despair.

      Daryl Jacob had been having, by his own and boss Paul Nicholls standards an average week, with no winners. To him Lac Fontana’s win in on the Friday must have had him breathing a heavy sigh of relief. But within 30 minutes of this he was being stretched off the course and on his way to hospital after a freak accident saw him thrown off his horse on the way down to the start.

      It is the moments like this we must remember that not everything is about the money we may have lost on the horse. But that everyday these men and women out their health on the line for the benefit of the sport they love so much and sometimes this is repaid in the most unkind of ways.

        Top 5 Cheltenham Festival Highlights 2013

        What a week it was.

        Although I’m still in sulk that I didn’t get to go racing, I did however manage to watch most of the big races mostly thanks, and to an extent the patience, of my classmates who let me put the races up on the big screen while we trying to pump out an 18 page publication about news in Islington. They had to put up with my grumpy demeanour when it dawned on me on Tuesday night, with a feature still unfinished, that a trip to the festival was looking highly unlikely.

        Even though I wasn’t there I thought I would give my Top 5 Festival Highlights:

        The New One5. The New One: That was an incredible performance and is an example of when class and heart just collide. The way he found more and more when he reached the hill was just so impressive. There was a funny moment in an interview after the race when trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies admitted to his son Sam that he almost missed the race because he was in the bathroom. You would not be alone if you had missed the final furlongs because this horse just shot out of nowhere, up the hill and into the abyss. I cannot wait to see this horse next season, you can only imagine he will come back bigger and stronger.

        4. Hurricane Fly: What a moment. There is a reason that when horses tend to lose their crown they very rarely get it back. It is hard. But Hurricane Fly did this with such ease it was just an absolute joy to watch. Rock on Ruby did himself and his connections proud. Now people can stop going on about how last year was fluke because after that run it can safely be assumed that it was no such thing.

        3. Solwhit: Although the festival was without one of its biggest stars for the first time in many years and it was sad. Of course the absence of Big Buck’s left a big whole and it was a disappointment not to see him there. But Solwhit’s win was a true crowd pleaser. It was fantastic to watch a horse that maybe had been on the outskirts of greatness his whole career and not quite made it there, until this moment. It was amazing for him and everyone connected with the horse. People will forever go on about how Big Buck’s wasn’t there and he would have won if he had been. Perhaps this is true, but at the end of the day when all is said and done you can only beat what is put in front of you. Solwhit deserved this win and I’m glad he got it.

        Also we should not forget the run by another horse that has been a pillar of consistency right through his career. Celestial Halo’s run is one that make’s you realise why people love this game. Coming a close second in a champion hurdle and a second in a world hurdle is some feat that should not be forgotten.

        2. Quevega: This was a highlight not just for the festival but racing in general. This was an unbelievable achievement and I bet there was not a dry eye in the house and there shouldn’t have been. Winning five times at the Cheltenham Festival is the hardest thing. We should stand up and salute this mare who oozes class and ability. Well done and hopefully see her next year for number six.

        1. This is hard and a tie was necessary. When you watch these two horses there should be an emotion that seeps through your body: “Wow, aren’t they both immense.” But no it’s jealousy because the same man, the Cheltenham specialist who enjoyed his 50th Cheltenham winner this season, trains them both. Nicky Henderson must think himself the luckiest man in the world not just racing to have horses like Bobs Worth and Sprinter Sacre in his yard at the same time. Some people wait a lifetime for a horse even half as good as these two to come along and Henderson has them both now. What are the chances?
        Bobs Worth
        Although they are both brilliant what makes them capture the imagination the most is they are completely different. You have Sprinter Sacre the “James Bond” as Nicky puts it and Bobs Worth the “Head Boy” maybe not so cool, maybe doesn’t get as many girls but is good at everything- The Overachiever.

        Bobs Worth’s Gold cup was incredible. Again like the New One it was an example of the collision of heart and class to make up one perfect animal. The hill only seems to help him and he keeps going and going it was truly amazing. I don’t doubt this will not be his only Gold Cup- there will be more for sure. Fairytales can come true, Barry Geraghty had “Bob” as youngster and then seven years later won the Gold Cup on him. It’s a story Hollywood would be proud of.

        And what more can you say about Sprinter Sacre? Here is a horse that just does everything with such immense ease. His jumping is out of this world and he goes from A to B with speed and agility. We are lucky to have had Frankel last season and now we have him. We are truly in a Golden Era of horse racing.

        This year was the best, until a dark cloud was cast over Prestbury Park on Thursday when Amateur jockey JT McNamara was taken to hospital with serious spinal damage.

        I know this might seem strange but it as at times like this you see racing the for what it really is, a community where people look out for one another. All people could think about on Friday was not whether their horse was going to come up the hill in front, it was whether their friend was going to be OK. I say friend because this is what all these boys are to each other. Friends. Yes on the track they are competitors but when all is said and done they look out for each other.

        AP, Barry’s and JP McManus’ interviews after their races were not ones of elation, but of compassion and perspective. It was truly emotional and heart warming.

          Arkle 2013 Preview Cheltenham Festival

          This year’s Racing Post Arkle seemingly holds the perfect balance of talent and rivalry as the two unbeaten market leaders, Simonsig and Overturn, go head-to-head for 2m novice supremacy.
          Both have been foot-perfect this season with has created a rivalry that has created a number of opinions from a range of trainers and punters.
          Bookmakers however remain reluctant to take on Simonsig and whilst he currently stands best price 8/11 with Coral, he may go off close to last year’s winner and stablemate Sprinter Sacre’s 8/13 price with money continuing to come in for him.

          Overturn however is 11/4 with the majority of firms and many punters are looking to this race for an upset on a day of red hot favourites.
          Both have won their respected races this season very easily which in both cases is down to both their talent and maybe the lack of opposition against them.
          Overturn’s three victories have accumulated a total of 68 lengths whilst Simonsig’s two races accumulated a whopping 84 lengths. Their superiority is the main reason why this race is dubbed a two horse race.

          Overturn’s ability to gallop strongly has been there for all to see on the flats and hurdles and he has managed to keep that speed when taking to the fences.

          What is even more impressive about the Donald McCain trained 9-year-old is the accuracy in which he has jumped this year and he will undoubtedly be the first to test Simonsig come the Arkle.
          However, when you spin it round, Simonsig will be the first to test Overturn this year and will he manage the jumping at such speeds when put under pressure?

          The duo’s closest rival in the betting is Irish trained Arvika Ligeonniere (9/1 Ladbrokes) whose preparations were dealt a blow when he fell in a three horse race last out leaving outsider Benneficient to score from Oscars Well.
          However the fall would concern me less than his lack of fluidity even in races that he’s won.

          His races have been run against just as little as Simonsig and Overturn yet he has failed to win as convincingly as his rivals and has a big ‘F’ next to his name whilst the others ring ‘1s’.
          With the betting very much dominated by the top two, there could be some good each way prices out there and Module at 40/1 with SkyBet is the one that catches my eye but in truth he is most likely to be some distance behind Simonsig and Overturn.


          It would seem in the betting that the race is Simonsig’s to lose and I would have to agree with that. He will undoubtedly be given a test by Overturn but I have a feeling that ‘that test’ may come in a similar form to that of Sanctuaire’s efforts to conqueror Sprinter Sacre in the Tingle Creek this year.

          Overturn will give a strong gallop but I sense he may be surprised when Simonsig simply goes with him. That will leave it to the final couple of fences and I think it will be here when we see how good Simonsig actually is.

          He will kick on from then and if Overturn manages to go with him and get him off the bridle then racing fans are in for a treat coming up the hill. However, if he doesn’t get Simonsig off the bridle, he will be well beaten. That said, whether we are witness to yet another Nicky Henderson Arkle onslaught or a tight thriller, I believe Simonsig will still win and most probably go on to better things.

          Win: Simonsig (4/6 Coral)

          Each Way: Module (40/1 NRNB SkyBet)

            RSA Chase Preview 2013 Cheltenham

            Boston BobThe RSA betting market jumped into life this week as it emerged that long time ante-post favourite Dynaste, is likely to drop back in trip for the Jewson Novices’ Chase.
            Dynaste currently remains the 2/1 favourite, but with the majority of bookmakers offering non-runner no-bet, it is not in their favour to change that and connections have revealed the Jewson Novices’ will be his preferred option.
            His absence could be down to a whole host of reasons, yet will still come as a surprise to many after winning so easily over 3m in the Feltham Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
            His route to the festival matches that of stablemate Grands Crus’ route last year that ended in defeat in this race. In fact, no horse has ever won both the Feltham and the RSA in the same season and that, as well as the probable heavy rainfall, may have contributed to trainer David Pipe changing his mind.
            Dynaste’s probable absence leaves a massive whole in at the top of the betting with the Irish trained Boston Bob leading the way at 4/1 to fill it.
            Boston Bob was imperious as a hurdler and went into last year’s festival a red hot favourite in the Albert Bartlett. However, his run came to an abrupt end when he had little answer to the late Brindisi Breeze coming up the hill.

            If you had read our ‘5 to follow’ feature at the start of the season you’d know that Boston Bob was one of our selections and a so far promising season as novice puts him in a good position to out his festival blues right.
            However, despite impressing this season, he has not looked sensational in his two runs despite unbeaten and scoring a Grade One at Leopardstown.
            His maiden run over fences came at Navan when he got up by ½ a length to win as the 1/5 favourite. Not flattering by any stretches of the imagination.
            He followed that up with an even closer victory at Leopardstown when battling to get up by a nose in a trilling finish winning as the 6/4 favourite.
            Boston BobWe may not have seen the best of Boston Bob yet and his pedigree suggests he will stay the 3m so you’d have to give him a great chance without Dynaste in the race.
            Unioniste has been a revelation this season and his consistent jumping and ability to stay will put him up there with a fantastic chance of success.
            His only defeat this season came at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting when he had no answers to Dynaste’s speed up the hill.
            Since then, he’s responded with an impressive victory in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, course form that will prove vital when running in the traditionally gruelling RSA Chase.
            Nicky Henderson trained Hadrian’s Approach was just beaten by Unioniste last out and could be deemed quite unfortunate not to win that race. His performance when a well beaten second in the Feltham Chase is decent form even though he was more than nine lengths behind Dynaste.
            A horse that has been a real eye catcher this year is David Pipes Goulanes. I said after his latest victory at Wetherby that he could potentially be a player come the festival after getting up by a head to Super Duty, and I stand by that comment especially with stablemate Dyanste not in the race.


            This race looked like Dynaste’s to lose but with him looking Jewson bound, the race is wide open and I sense there will some big priced contenders challenging.
            Boston Bob looks likely to go off favourite for the race and that is probably justified going off his impressive hurdling form and unbeaten start over fences. However, he doesn’t need to be much shorter than he is right now as there a range of other potential contenders out for the crown.
            He is the classiest horse in the race but will be in good company with the likes of Unioniste and Goulanes looking really solid jumpers and stayers. Boston Bob will undoubtedly have to raise his game to win this.
            Unioniste’s December Gold Cup win came from bottom weight of 9-9 with 16lbs in hand on second placed Walkon. He was undoubtedly better than the handicappers made him out that day but he was lucky to beat Hadrian’s Approach last out.
            Goulanes looks a real good horse but this is a massive rise in class and he is somewhat unexposed at this level. However, at 10/1, he is much better value than his rivals and doesn’t look that far away.

            Winner: Goulanes (10/1 Bet Victor)

              Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle Preview 2013

              This year’s Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle looks set to be a real blockbuster with the best of British and Ireland going head-to-head for festival glory.
              Ante-post favourite Pont Alexandre looks a real classy hurdler and punters will feel even more confident about their backing this five-year-old, with trainer Willie Mullins, claiming this is his best chance of festival success. A bold statement, especially when you think he has Quevega (as short as 1/2) to continue her festival winning streak.
              His class is there for all to see. He has bags of speed and combines that speed in his jumping and looks a real stayer. You don’t really look for much more in a race like this.
              He smashed his rivals on debut at Navan, coming home 13 lengths ahead of Busty Brown. The odds on favourite Don Cossack fell at the last in that race but it would not have stopped Pont Alexandre from slamming him.
              He is not the only Irish chance in this race with Jonjo O’Neill trained Taquin Du Seuil 6/1 and Rule The World 10/1, emphasising the Irish stronghold on this race.
              Taquin Du Seuil will be the mount of champion jockey AP McCoy and although his all round speed and jumping don’t stand out as much as other rivals, he has quietly gone about his business and picked up the coverted Grade One Challow Hurdle.
              Trainer Jonjo O’Neill thinks the world of this six-year-old but he had no answers to My Tent Or Yours pace on his second run and only loss of the season.
              However, despite that defeat, O’Neill believes he has improved leaps and bounds since we last saw him and that he’ll have his star novice in tip top condition come the festival. Another plus point is how versatile he is with the ground. With unpredictability surrounding the ground going at The Festival, that will prove in his favour.

              Despite the Irish having three of the top four in the betting, the race is by no means going to Ireland as The New One holds massive claims on behalf of Britain.
              The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained five-year-old looks the real deal despite a ¼ length defeat by At Fishers Cross on heavy ground at Cheltenham last month.
              He will have definitely learnt more from that race and improve for it. Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies probably went slightly too early on him and on another day, on better ground, would have gone on to win easily.
              Last year’s Champion Bumper sixth followed up that festival ride with an emphatic win over My Tent Or Yours at Aintree on Grand National day. Bearing in mind My Tent Or Yours emphatic Betfair Hurdle win last month, that form looks very good.
              Twiston-Davies regards this five-year-old as potentially one of the best he has trained and a win in this race come the festival will set him on his way to potential greatness.
              Puffin Billy (12/1) was beaten last time out by Melodic Rendezvous. Connections suggested there were genuine excuses but he looked well beaten for most of that race and will have to improve immensely to challenge.
              Chatterbox (14/1) is a very interesting one, should he run, as he holds some potentially tremendous form yet is a large price considering.
              Unbeaten in his three starts but gave out a thumping to a somewhat under-par stablemate, My Tent Or Yours. The form obviously stands out but is dismissed by many as the race time was run extremely slowly. However, with the weather the way it has being, it is hardly surprising that that was the case.


              This race is so close I have personally changed my mind three times in the space of a couple of weeks. Off first impressions my allegiances lied with Taquin Du Seuil after I was very impressed with the way he went about his win in the Challow Hurdle.
              However, backed into 6/1 from 12’s since tipped by Pricewise leaves me thinking he is now too short.
              Pont Alexandre looks set to go off a short priced favourite with money continuing to come for Willie Mullins’ star. He looks as bomb proof as it gets looking at his performances in Ireland and that is backed up by his trainer’s confidence.
              Many have compared Pont Alexandre to the great Denman and you can see why. He looks like he will go on to be a potential staying chaser as he looks blessed with staying ability. However, should you look further into the comparisons with Denman, you’ll see that Denman went on to lose this race and that is what I see happening to Pont Alexandre.
              The horse that will deliver this defeat will be The New One. I was super impressed with this five-year-old on his first three victories over hurdles, but I was even more impressed the way it was defeated by At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham.
              Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies let him go at an area of the course that is avoided by most on heavy ground but he simply kicked away at phenomenal speed. Should Twiston-Davies have got another chance he’d have held on longer and I’m certain he’d have won very easily.
              Winner: The New One (4/1 William Hill)
              Each Way: Chatterbox (14/1 Ladbrokes)

                Stan James Champion Hurdle Preview Cheltenham 2013

                Rock On Ruby This year’s Stan James Champion Hurdle has the potential to be a real classic with a range of contenders including a possible four previous winners. Current champion Rock On Ruby will be defending his crown against Hurricane Fly, Binocular and Punjabi. Throw in the likes of Grandouet, Zarkandar, Cinders and Ashes and Countrywide Flame and you have a recipe for an absolute thriller.

                The weather has hampered trainer’s preparations this winter but 2011 winner Hurricane Fly has once again been impeccable in Ireland and heads the betting for the third consecutive year.

                Best priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power, punters will be hoping Hurricane Fly’s below par performance last year was just a minor hiccup and he looks primed to bounce back to the top with trainer Willie Mullins claiming he is better than ever.

                The question remains whether he can handle a strong ran gallop. His turn of speed is second to none but he struggled to keep on track with Overturn and Rock On Ruby last year.

                Yes he was probably below par last season and the one solo run leading to the festival may not have helped. However, many believe Ruby Walsh left it too late on catching Rock On Ruby but the fact of the matter is Rock On Ruby was further ahead at the finishing post than he was jumping the last.

                The pace that Overturn brought to the race last year meant that the winning time has only been beaten once since the great Istabraq and whilst the ground was probably quicker than is likely this year, even an on song Hurricane Fly will struggle to match a time similar to last year.

                That said the question is this year is who will inject the pace into the race. It is no secret Rock On Ruby would prefer a strong gallop but with no Overturn, who, if anyone, is likely to take them along?

                Should no one decide to take it up, Noel Fehily may have to take it up with Rock On Ruby although I’d imagine he’d prefer not to.   A somewhat fortunate victory at Doncaster after Darlan’s tragic fatal fall is Rock On Ruby’s only victory since his famous triumph last year.

                His defeat to Oscar Whisky at Aintree was over 2m4f, a distance he has never won at that distance and so many Festival winners fail at that Aintree meeting.

                His seasonal return came in the International Hurdle in December at Cheltenham. Coming around the bend he seemed to be going best of any, but he hit a flat spot after the penultimate flight and finished a good 8 lengths behind Zarkandar.

                Trainer Harry Fry however was not expecting him to peak in that race and despite looking beat by eventual faller Darlan last out, he ran into a strong head wind and will definitely be better for the run.

                Fry has since come out to express his delight in the form his stable superstar is currently in and he will, like he has most of his career, be a surprise winner should he emulate Hardy Eustace in defending the Champion Hurdle crown.

                Fry inherited Rock On Ruby from Paul Nicholls after Nicholls put his maiden Champion Hurdle success last year down to his then employee Fry.

                Nicholls hopes of himself defending the Champion Hurdle crown comes in the form of Zarkandar.

                The 2011 Triumph Hurdle winner has had a much busier season than last year and looks a much stronger horse as a six-year-old than he did last year.

                His season kicked off to a promising start when getting up to beat stablemate Prospect Wells by a neck and 15lbs despite been the unfancied of the two.

                He kicked on from then to score at Cheltenham over Grandouet and Rock On Ruby but did have 4lbs in hand that day.

                His most recent success came with victory over Khyber Kim at Wincanton. Victory was easy enough and he goes into the race in good form. He looks a real battler and should it turn into a slog for the line, this horse will be hard to pass.

                It will be interesting to see where Nicholls decides to go with this young hurdler with him looking to be a potential stayer. He could be Nicholls long term replacement for Big Bucks.

                Pre-New Year, Nicky Henderson looked to hold a firm hold on the race with Darlan, then ante post favourite, and Grandouet looking very prominent in the betting also. Them thrown in with Binocular meant he held three of the top eight of the betting.

                However, Darlan’s tragic fall coinciding with doubts over the fitness Grandouet’s fitness have somewhat weakened Henderson’s hold on the race.


                Grandouet at one point had been pulled out of the betting but Henderson assured punters his injury was not bad enough to keep him out of the festival.

                His form is solid enough and the 4 length victory over Overturn last year was made even more impressive after the former’s second place last year.

                However he has not proved enough to me that he is a strong enough finisher to compete in large fields in top Grade 1 races. It is not that I don’t think he is good enough to win this year’s Champion Hurdle I just think he has the most to prove.

                Grandouet’s stablemate Binocular could well be the forgotten horse this year. The highly talented 2010 winner has nowhere near the amount of grade 1 victories as he should do.

                His season return was a disappointing 3rd against Hurricane Fly but he has never ran well fresh and Henderson seems to get this 9-year-old firing when everyone writes him off.

                Blessed with a phenomenal turn of speed and natural pace, rule Binocular out at your peril. His talent is there for all to see when you see his starting prices.

                Never before has his starting price gone off in double figures and with him currently 10/1 and money continuing to come for Hurricane Fly, it maybe this, is the first time. In fact his biggest starting price was the 2010 Champion Hurdle victory, going on to win at 9/1. Should he stay a similar price he could well be a good each way bet.

                Cinders and Ashes could very well prove to be the forgotten horse in this race. The heavy ground will not have favoured him one bit and he will be out to prove his worth at a big price of 12/1.

                Many thought triumph hurdler victor Countrywide Flame would be a big player before a beaten favourite in the Christmas Hurdle.

                A distant 2nd to Rock On Ruby at Doncaster does him no favours form wise but he is capable of performing on his day, but may still find himself a distance behind a high class field. This race has a poor record for five-year-olds with Katchit the only one to prevail in over 25-years.


                Hurricaine Fly is seen by many as the one to beat and I have to say I agree. His overall hurdle record is simply outstanding and no one would be surprised should he be the first horse since Comedy Of Errors in 1975 to regain the crown.

                However, with victories in Ireland of 2/5, 1/5 and 1/6 suggest, he has come up against very little and I believe Rock On Ruby will be out to prove last year was no fluke.

                His race will all hinge on how the race is run. A strong gallop will most definitely favour Harry Fry’s defending champion and he will be better than we have seen already this season.

                For some reason this horse has never had the respect from people that he deserves and he has a striking resemblance of Hardy Eustace.

                Eustace was the last horse to win back-to-back Champion Hurdles and my money is on Rock On Ruby to emulate him.

                The field is undoubtedly strong with Zarkandar and Grandouet deserved contenders but I think the race may simply hinge on how the race is run and my personal opinion is that they won’t feature.

                If it is run at a pace then I think Rock On Ruby will win. If not then I’d fancy Hurricane Fly and possibly Binocular.

                Paddy Power are offering money back should Hurricane Fly win creating the perfect opportunity to back Rock On Ruby and Binocular each way.

                Win: Rock On Ruby (11/2 with Paddy Power (If Hurricane Fly wins, money back))

                Each Way: Binocular (10/1 with Coral)

                  Supreme Novice’s Hurdle 2013 Preview Cheltenham

                  My Tent or YoursRacing fans are now counting down the days before that mighty ‘roar’ runs around Cheltenham Racecourse and what better way to start to than with what looks to be the strongest runWilliam Hill Supreme Novices´ Hurdle in years.
                  The festival’s opening blockbuster is headed by My Tent Or Yours who shot to favouritism after a superb victory in the Betfair Hurdle last month earlier this month.
                  Bookmakers reacted to his classy romp by slashing him from 12/1 to 6/4 favouritism and with AP McCoy looking to have even more left in the tank, you can understand why the bookies took evasive action.
                  That said, in a race that traditionally doesn’t favour the favourites, 6/4 is an awfully short price for a horse that yes was impressive latest, but tasted defeat to stablemate Chatterbox.
                  There are others in the race that go into the race unbeaten this season however few have come out on top in the size of field the My Tent Or Yours, something that will boast well for the Nicky Henderson trained 6-year-old considering the large field that will contest the race.

                  JezkiMy Tent Or Yours owner JP McManus’s chances of winning the race are boosted even further with his new acquisition and second favourite Jezki (4/1).
                  The electrifying hurdler caught the eye of everyone with some pulsating performances in Ireland hence McManus’ decision to pay big money for the impressive five-year-old.
                  A loss in his maiden run in early October did little to derail his season as he simply bounced back with four wins with the scalps of Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever and Waheeb the standout victims.
                  However Champagne Fever has not been the hurdler we thought he would be and his form over Waheeb was weakened when Waheeb was beaten into third earlier this week despite going off as short as 1/5.

                  Dodging Bullets
                  Dodging BulletsApart from My Tent Or Yours, the big market mover has been Dodging Bullets moving from 16’s to 10’s this week. The Paul Nicholls trained five-year-old was a beaten 4th in last year’s Triumph Hurdle but has some impressive form to his name including a respectable third behind the late Darlan in the Christmas Hurdle as well as two Cheltenham victories over River Maigue and Hi Note.
                  For a horse so young to already have a love for winning at Cheltenham bodes well for him and punters will be looking to snap up 10/1 as an each way bet, especially with the likelihood of Ruby Walsh being in the saddle.
                  Melodic Rendezvous is the standout bet for people looking at an each way bet to oppose the favourite.
                  With a grade 1 victory already to his name as well as an impressive victory over market rival Puffin Billy he is very much a contender for this race.
                  He is no less consistent than any of his rivals leading up to the race and gives off the impression that he is improving for every run he has.
                  Pique Sous could yet be the forgotten horse in this race and with the ground looking set to be good, he could be a real player despite been kept in cotton wool by trainer Willie Mullins.
                  His third in last year’s Champion Bumper was impressive and he had a superb season on the flats in the summer with two wins out of four.
                  However soft ground has restricted him to only one hurdles race at Thurles way back in October in which he easily dispatched a field of 18 by five lengths. His only other run this year came earlier this month on the all weather which he again won at odds on.
                  At 20/1 he is very much the dark horse for the race and will have Ruby Walsh scratching his head even though he is likely to choose Dodging Bullets or Champagne Fever.
                  Admittedly his preparation is not ideal but Mullins insists he is still a force and there are not many 20/1 shots that boast the form that he does.


                  Many see My Tent Or Yours to be the runaway winner of this race but he would personally be the lay of the week for me. The Supreme Novices’s is always a super competitive race and this year is no different so for a 6/4 shot to be heading the field is ridiculous. However it would be unsurprising to see him win the race as easy as he did the Betfair Hurdle but at 6/4 I will not be taking my chances.
                  Melodic Rendezvous is a horse that has really caught my eye this year. He is blessed with the fantastic trait of been able to go when his jockey tells him to. Nick Schofield was awarded his first Grade 1 success aboard this young hurdler and he will be the man who has the privilege of controlling this energetic novice. He just as the horse is young and learning and from what I have seen this season, he looks like the improver in the field.
                  Pique Sous is very much the forgotten horse in this race and despite a lack of run outs, Willie Mullins will have him in top nick however should the ground come up the soft side of good, there will be no chance in him running.

                  Win: Melodic Rendezvous, 10/1 William Hill

                  Each Way: Pique Sous, 20/1 Coral

                  Supreme Novice Hurdles Entries

                  3-12154 ALLY CASCADE (IRE) 5 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
                  1111 ANNIE POWER (IRE) 5 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
                  3/-11F ANONIS (GER) 7 Barry Connell Mags Mullins IRE
                  32-122 BILLY TWYFORD (IRE) 6 Andy Weller Lawney Hill
                  BLACK SPIRIT (USA) 6 Alan Spence Nicky Henderson
                  240-13 BRIGHT NEW DAWN (IRE) 6 Gigginstown House Stud Dessie Hughes IRE
                  1 BUTHELEZI (USA) 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
                  261311 CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 5 Timeform Betfair Racing Club Ltd Gordon Elliott IRE
                  041 CAYMAN ISLANDS 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
                  111-123 CHAMPAGNE FEVER (IRE) 6 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
                  1 CHAT ROOM 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
                  1-1 CHATTERBOX (IRE) 5 The Not Afraid Partnership 2 Nicky Henderson
                  211/- CHELTENIAN (FR) 7 Roger Brookhouse Philip Hobbs
                  111 CLOSE TOUCH 5 The Queen Nicky Henderson
                  214-134 COURT MINSTREL (IRE) 6 Janet Davies Evan Williams
                  246-113 DODGING BULLETS 5 Martin Broughton & Friends Paul Nicholls
                  5111-1F DON COSSACK (GER) 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
                  23-141 DUKE OF NAVAN (IRE) 5 David & Nicky Robinson Nicky Richards
                  1-213 EDUARD (IRE) 5 Kingdom Taverns Ltd Nicky Richards
                  P ELECTROLYSER (IRE) 8 Mr & Mrs P Hargreaves Nicky Henderson
                  23(1) FAIR TRADE 6 Raymond Tooth Alan King
                  2F1 FATCATINTHEHAT 4 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
                  FIRE KING 7 D Steele Philip Hide
                  12 FLAXEN FLARE (IRE) 4 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
                  FLYING CROSS (IRE) 6 Robin Geffen David Pipe
                  114 FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) 8 Susan Roy Nicky Henderson
                  2110 GOLDEN HOOF (IRE) 5 The Hoof Partnership Nicky Henderson
                  10-1P I SHOT THE SHERIFF (IRE) 6 Malcolm Denmark David Pipe
                  40-3110 IFANDBUTWHYNOT (IRE) 7 Claire Hollowood & Henry Dean David O’Meara
                  112 IRISH SAINT (FR) 4 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls
                  10-1111 JEZKI (IRE) 5 J P McManus Jessica Harrington IRE
                  211(1) KARAZHAN 5 Pump & Plant Services Ltd Nicky Henderson
                  1 KING OF DUDES 4 Masterson Holdings Limited Alan King
                  6 KUDA HURAA (IRE) 5 Thurloe 53 Alan King
                  0-F1 LEGAL EXIT (IRE) 6 Mary Samworth Jim Culloty IRE
                  2 LIFE AND SOUL (IRE) 6 Matthew Taylor Donald McCain
                  LOOKING ON 5 Irvin Naylor Venetia Williams
                  34116 LORD OF HOUSE (GER) 5 Good Lord Partnership Charlie Mann
                  14 LORDOFTHEHOUSE (IRE) 5 St Albans Bloodstock LLP Tom George
                  12-211 MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 7 Cash For Honours Jeremy Scott
                  61P MINELLA DEFINITELY (IRE) 6 Wellcroomed T/A Neil Mulholland
                  10-3 MINELLA FORFITNESS (IRE) 6 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson
                  2-142 MINSK (IRE) 5 Barry Connell Dessie Hughes IRE
                  11/3- MONO MAN (IRE) 7 Bridget Hanbury Nicky Henderson
                  242-411 MORNING ROYALTY (IRE) 6 Eileen Milligan James Moffatt
                  31114-1 MOSCOW MANNON (IRE) 7 J M Flanagan Brian Hamilton IRE
                  2/1213-1 MOZOLTOV 7 Martin Lynch Willie Mullins IRE
                  3-4511 MR WATSON (IRE) 6 Gay Smith Jonjo O’Neill
                  122-121 MY TENT OR YOURS (IRE) 6 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
                  2-121 NED BUNTLINE 5 J P McManus Noel Meade IRE
                  1120-2 NEW YEAR’S EVE 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
                  333- OFF THE WALL (IRE) 6 Malcolm Denmark David Pipe
                  630/0- OSTENTATION 6 Chris Beek Alastair Lidderdale
                  31 PINE CREEK 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
                  3-31121 PIQUE SOUS (FR) 6 Supreme Horse Racing Club Willie Mullins IRE
                  16 POET 8 Tina Cox Clive Cox

                    5 Horses to Follow for National Hunt Season 2012

                    With the clocks going back last week and the Breeders Cup being on this weekend you kind of know its the end of the flat season and it is time to embrace the jump season. Our Horse Racing Correspondent Tom Park has picked out his 5 to follow for the upcoming jump season. Do you agree with his selections? What are you 5 to follow please leave your comments below we would love to hear your thoughts. OK without further ado he is our 5 to Follow:

                    Betting Portals 5 to Follow for 2012 National Hunt Season


                    Darlan looked in sensational form in his first season over hurdles and will take his rise to senior field with a pinch of salt.
                    Darlan scored on four of his six starts last year but if things had turned out differently and a little luck had gone his way he could easily be unbeaten going into this season.
                    Darlan has an aura about him which is very different to his rivals. You get the sense this 5-year-old knows he is special and with a little luck on his side it would be no surprise to see him destroying the competition this season.
                    Darlan won his first three starts at odds-on before falling 2 out in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in his first real test.
                    The timing of his fall was critical to the race as he had just made a move on the rest of the field and would have taken all the beating in that race.
                    Punters realised how unlucky he was not to score in that race and backed him in to 7/1 from 16s to win the Supreme Novices where again he fell short but stayed on very strong to finish second behind Cinders and Ashes.
                    Trainer Nicky Henderson holds the horse in high regard and was not surprised one bit when Darlan romped home at Aintree at 7/4 a month later.
                    Although I think this 5-year-old will take to fences eventually, another season over the smaller obstacles would seem the wiser choice with the Champion Hurdle the most likely of targets for the Darlan camp.
                    Darlan is currently 16/1 to be crowned Champion Hurdler and it will be very interesting to see where this potential superstar goes this season and beyond.


                    We are yet to see this much talked about horse travel over the Irish Sea and it may be that the first time we do will be for the Gold Cup.
                    But don’t be surprised if this 7-year-old comes over in March and blows the racing world away, taking the jumps most prestigious prize in the process.
                    Flemenstar was so impressive last year it was scary. The way he took a very competitive Irish Arkle field apart at a foggy Leopardstown made the hairs on my back stick up.
                    He pinged over the fences similar to the likes of Kauto Star but the control in which he executed the jumps was like nothing I have seen before.
                    Don’t get me wrong, this season is going to be no doubt more competitive but the fact he has never come over here before could turn him into the dark horse for the season.
                    I think trainer Peter Casey will go for the Gold Cup (12/1) but he has other options such as the Ryanair (7/1) and should he not fancy the bigger trip, the Champion Chase (20/1).
                    However from what we have seen from Flemenstar I think he needs 3m and I expect big things from this 7-year-old once he takes the ferry ride over from Ireland.

                    Cue Card

                    Collin Tizzard’s stable star had a very up and down novice season over fences which ended up with the talented 6-year-old finishing a very respectful second to Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle at the festival.
                    However, a better ride from jockey Joe Tizzard in the London Pride Novices and a more fluid jump in the unseating of the jockey at Cheltenham, we could be talking about Cue Card in the same breath as Grands Crus.
                    However, despite an encouraging end to the season over 2m, the prospect of trying to take the scalp of the imperious Sprinter Sacre may be too much for Cue Card and Tizzard may look to move him up in trip to 3m.
                    We have seen many times before that some good novices come through the off season a more mature chaser.

                    Grands Crus

                    I think most racing fans would agree that Grands Crus’s failure to win the RSA Chase at Cheltenham came as a shock to the system.
                    If you disregard that race Grands Crus is an out-and-out superstar. Second only as a top staying hurdler to Big Bucks, Grands Crus looked accomplished over fences and is a serious Gold Cup contender.
                    I was surprised that trainer David Pipe didn’t opt for the Gold Cup last year with him previously having no problem entering his novices in the big races.
                    It may have been complacent to think that Grands Crus would go to Cheltenham and take the RSA, but I think that was the thinking behind Pipe’s decision at last year’s festival.
                    That defeat may spark a resurgent comeback and I predict big things from this French 7-year-old this season and could be worth every penny of his 20/1 (non-runner no bet) ante-post price for the Gold Cup.
                    The way that Grands Crus won the Feltham on Boxing Day last year was simply dazzling and few would back against him winning the King George VI this year on the same day and track.
                    Although he will very much be in contention in the Gold Cup, the King George may be an easier race as it does not include Gold Cup favourite Sir Des Champs. He is currently 6/1 to win the big race at Kempton.

                    Boston Bob

                    Boston Bob went quietly about his business in Ireland last year before falling to the late Brindisi Breeze at Cheltenham when going off 6/5 favourite.
                    Despite that loss, Boston Bob was always a very fluent hurdler, winning a grade 1 in Navan, and should take to the fences should trainer Willie Mullins decide that as the route to take this season.
                    Currently 8/1 favourite for the RSA Chase, bookmakers are certainly expecting him to go chasing this season.
                    Due to him hiding on the other side of the Irish Sea last season, we have not seen too much of the impressive 7-year-old. However, we have seen enough to see that he should have no problem in the transition from hurdles to the bigger obstacles.
                    There will be another year of strong novices this season and should the Neptune Investment Hurdle winner Simonsig also decide to go chasing, Boston Bob could have some serious competition with the impressive Fingal Bay already starting his season as a chasing novice.
                    Although Simonsig looks the real deal, I think trainer Nicky Henderson will take Simonsig down the same route as Sprinter Sacre and go for the Arkle.
                    That would mean him coming down in trip allowing Boston Bob to be the leading contender in the 3m novice division and at 8/1 is certainly one to keep an eye on.

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