There is a lot to be said for locking yourself in a dark room until next Saturday morning! Loads of Cheltenham opinions bouncing about currently, tempting High Street bookies offers etc. Beware!! Deal in facts, non-runners, going changes etc.
I know that is a bit rich coming from a second-hand blogger but I mean well.
So here are my thoughts on Mullins Novice Hurdlers running plans based on Willies wise words, the exchanges and some old tea leaves!
Supreme – Min, Yorkhill, Petit Mouchoir
Neptune – Bellshill, Long Dog, A Toi Phil
Alfred Bartlett – Up For Review, Gangster, Bleu et Rouge, Thomas Hobson, Open Eagle
The Handicaps are fully occupying me at the moment. But where do you start with something like the Fred Winter when the market leader hasn’t even run in this country! I really could do with more info from the top yards especially Messrs Pipe, Hobbs and O’Neill. Meanwhile I will continue with the profiling!
Tomorrow I will try to send out an updated Cheltenham Master Plan and we will have a look at Saturdays excellent card at Sandown with the Imperial Cup, EBF Novice hurdle final and a Listed mares bumper featuring Copper Kay!
“I think Copper Kay is very special and she is set to run in the Listed mares’ bumper at Sandown on Saturday. She should take a lot of beating and hopefully after Saturday she will then go on to Aintree and then novice hurdling next season. She’s a very bright prospect.” Richard Johnson Betway Blog
Going change @CheltenhamRaces Old & Cross Country – Good to Soft (Good in places), New – Good to Soft.
TurfTrax @TurfTrax Mon. Mar. 7th 4.30pm
“I spoke with JP and Frank this morning, Aspen Colorado will not go to Cheltenham and the plan is to go to Limerick on April 3rd.” Joseph O’Brien @JosephOBrien2 · 12noon
“Seems like Doctor Harper will go to the Plate on the Thursday at Cheltenham. Antepost Racing @AntepostRacing
Interesting; What makes you think that? Well I knoe he shouldn’t go to Kim Muir as owners already have the winner in race Ciarán @0Ravenspass
@0Ravenspass0 Won’t get in the Ultima and they feel they will be stretching him from his 2m novice chases, should get in Plate Antepost Racing @AntepostRacing “
Richard Johnson Betway Blog “We’re putting the final preparations together for the Cheltenham Festival this week and I’m schooling Wait For Me at Exeter on Tuesday. The County Hurdle is his target. His form hasn’t been at all bad this season, but I’m sure there’s plenty more to come on better ground.He was third in last year’s Champion Bumper – the ground is going to be absolutely key for him. Hopefully it won’t start any worse than good-to-soft on the Tuesday so it could be good by the final day.
Kruzhlinin is set for the handicap chase on the first day and we’re looking forward to running him. It should hopefully put him spot on for Aintree and we know he handles the fences as he’s got round there before.
Westend Story looks set to run in the Champion Bumper – it looks a wide open race this year. The owners are keen to run and as long as the ground is safe, he should do well. He needs to improve on the form that he’s shown, but we think he’s a nice prospect. A lot of trainers in Ireland don’t seem to know which is their best one, while Ballyandy sets the standard in Britain. He’s has been beaten, though, so there’s nothing that hugely stands out.
Fingal Bay will either go for the handicap on the first day or the Plate on the Thursday. He’s 7lb lower than when he won the Pertemps and it wouldn’t surprise me if he figured strongly in whichever race he runs in.”
“Ma Filleule, as short as 14-1 for the Ryanair Chase, will miss the Cheltenham Festival after being retired” Racing Post @RacingPost 4.30pm Mon. Mar. 7th