#startrackingAntePost Update February 9th

#startracking Ante Post Cheltenham Fri. Feb. 5th

Leopardstown 3.40    ROAD TO RICHES A major player in Noel Meade’s absent army? I wroteMultiple grade 1 winner but I’m not sure he gets a yard over three miles. As a 9yo if he’s ready to go you would have to imagine 2016 would be his last real go at a Festival big one.” I can’t recommend him at odds on although he would seem the most likely winner. The recent vibes have been very positive from the struggling Meade camp and just in case he does something special we will put him up as a one star* each way Ante Post selection for the Cheltenham Gold Cup @ 12/1 general NRNB ¼ odds 1,2,3.

#startracking Ante Post Cheltenham Sat. Feb. 6th

I feel I need to add another two horses to our Cheltenham Festival Ante Post portfolio.

SCEAU ROYAL You al know how much I admire Alan Kings slick jumping juvenile and having receivede the Pricewise stamp of approval midweek he is a one star selection for the Triumph Hurdle at 12/1 general. If Ivanovich Gorbatov happened to have a bad day at Leopardstown this price could tumble!

I wanted to put up Onenightinvienna for the 4mNH chase but connections have decided a 7yo novice is going to win the Grand National and he’s not even entered at Cheltenham!! So it will have to be the next best thing!

LOCAL SHOW Ben Pauling is an exciting young trainer who having studied under Mr Henderson should know what it takes to get a Festival winner and this horse jumped beautifully when just holding off Onenightinvienna at Kempton over 3m. Here’s what the trainer had to say about the 8yo son of Oscar, “I am very pleased with this lad and he went up 13lb for winning at Newbury. His jumping has improved dramatically and we will look at a novice chase at the end of the month and then possibly the four miler at Cheltenham.”

Three points about the 2016 4m NH chase. Firstly we want to take on favourite Black Hercules who has been beaten in the Bumper and the Alfred Bartlett at the past two Festivals. Secondly Ratings. As the wonderful Mike Gault points out18 from last 24 win and place rated between 127 and 139.  But not the last four winners at 146, 150, 146 and 151 respectively.” Local Show is OR147ch. Thirdly Age. Again Mike Gault tells us “ Tricky Trickster 2009 the first 6 yr old to win since ‘there’s only one’ Boraceva in ’89.  13 from last 16 aged 7 or 8.“ That raise doubts over leading fancies Native River and Southfield River.

Local Show is a one star* win selection for the 4mNH chase.


Betfair Hurdle Newbury Sat. Feb. 13th                                                                                              

STERNRUBIN                   2 stars** each way @ 16/1 (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)    

Current Price   10/1 general

ZARIB                 1 star* each way @ 20/1 (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)                                

Current Price  20/1 general

MODUS                              1 star* win @ 8/1                                                                                      Current Price    6/1 general


Cheltenham Tuesday 15th March 4.40 4m NH chase

LOCAL SHOW                 1 star* win @ 16/1                                                                                        Current Price 16/1 WH + Skybet only


Cheltenham Friday 18th March 1.30 Triumph Hurdle

SCEAU ROYAL             1 star* win @ 16/1                                                                                          Current Price 8/1 Coral+WH


Cheltenham Friday 18th March 3.20 Gold Cup

VAUTOUR                         3 star*** win @ 10/1                                                                 

Current Price  9/2 PP


Cheltenham Friday 18th March 3.20 Gold Cup

ROAD TO RICHES       1 star* each way @ 12/1 (1/4 odds 1,2,3 NRNB)                                     Current Price 16/1 general


Aintree Grand National Sat. April 9th

DON POLI                          2 star** win @ 25/1                                                                                 Current Price 25/1 general


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