IFTIRAAQ Leicester 2.10
We will kick off with a cautious two star selection at 9/4. 3rd 2/1
We won the match by beating the favourite but were done by the 7lb penalty and probably more so by the heavy ground but he hurdled beautifully. One presumes it is now handicaps so we await a mark. Good to soft and not having to make the running and he’ll win again. Stays in the tracker.
No #startracking runners tomorrow.
“Had a quick chat with WPM re Un De Sceaux. Says he is “not worried.” Dial-A-Bet Chase now UDS’s likely target. More in 2mrw’s @IndoSport” Richard Forristal @RForristal_Indo · 6pm Weds.
Asked about a suitable alternative for Un De Sceaux’s reappearance, Mullins quipped: “He could run next week if he started to sparkle again, although I don’t know if there is a race for him next week – it’s hard to look beyond Sunday here!” When asked if the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27 might be the likeliest target for the Champion Chase favourite, Mullins replied: “I’d imagine that might be the case, he is in there.” Richard Forristal @RForristal_Indo · 1pm Thurs.
“If you missed it, The New One had a small problem with a corn and misses Cheltenham to go straight for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton” Tom Peacock @tompeacock · 11am
Going Update @AintreeRaces Becher Chs day
MM & H: Sft, Gd to Sft in pls Nat: Soft GS; MM:6.0 H:6.1 N:5.5 on Weds at 12:00
As promised here is what Adam Norman (The north’s top paddock watcher and a nice chap to boot!!) observed from on course “Catterick Always good to be back at the Bridge but it was a rather disappointing card I thought, although in retrospect a first winner at the track for P Nicholls in the shape of Stilletto might be something to look back on in future years. The first thing to say is that the ground was more like good to soft, good in places, and not the soft in places as advertised. The steady drizzle that came in may have made it a tad softer for the last couple but they came home pretty well in general. The Beginners Chase saw Holywell beaten into second a couple of years back before winning at the FEST, and although it was Stilletto who took the honours we may have seen a quite decent horse for the future, if this lovely big chaser learns to settle in his races. This was only his fifth outing so its early days and he certainly won’t look out of place in one of the Cheltenham handicaps in March.”
Nick Watts writing in the Weekender in his Ante Post Focus column has put up Buveur D’Air for the Supreme at Cheltenham and suggests the route he will take is the G2 novice hurdle at Ascot just before Christmas then the G1 Tolworth.