Well we really have to take our hats off to the Cheltenham team, what a monumental effort to get this fixture on. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm thankful, I'm tired of scrappy Class 6 handicaps on the all-weather. Lets get back to proper NH racing and what a selection of equine aces we have on show today. Gutted that my old favourite Tiday Bay doesn't run as the conditions have come up perfect for him.
Anyway kick back and enjoy the action on the most exciting racing day we have had for what seems an age.
I have decided to choose a selection for every race today, and have also highlighted my top three as usual. Hope we can find a few today. I thought what the hell and put them all in an accumulator too, if I win, of which the odds are ridiculous I may buy a horse for Cheltenham!!
12.10 IRISH SAINT – (2nd – 10-11) is Paul Nicholls' best chance today according to his wager on the Morning Line this morning. Smashed Mcvicar last time out and that horse is well thought of by his connections. KING ARTHUR fell in that race and since ran well to place the other week to boost the form a bit. He's the top rated horse and should win this too.
12.40 BALLYGARVEY (nap) – (PU) won really impressively from the front last time in two classes below this. The handicapper was impressed with that and bumped him up 15lbs. He has won two out of two on heavy and I reckon he will go on today as he is still relatively unexposed and could develop into a nice prospect. Good to see connections keeping Tom O'Brien on board too.
13.15 PACHA DU POLDER (nb) – (PU) this horse has always been highly regarded and as yet hasn't run to true form. He was easily beaten by BOLD SIR BRIAN last time over a distance that didn't suit. Today he is something like 10lbs better off over a better trip. He has form in France over soft and heavy ground and am hoping today is the day he shows how good he is.
13.50 SPRINTER SACRE – (WON 1-5) the aeroplane! Is there anything else I need to write?
14.25 CAPE TRIBULATION (treble) – (WON 7-1) won well last time beating MR MOONSHINE in the Rowland Merrick chase. He seems to have got his act together and has always had a touch of class about him. He ran in some good races as a hurdler and has beaten the likes of Junior in that field. I love watching Denis O'Regan ride and he will hopefully get a tune out of him today.
15.00 AT FISHERS CROSS – (WON 13-2) has been impressive all year including over three miles here on heavy last time. The drop in trip will allow him to set up a decent pace and hopefully nick it off THE NEW ONE over the last hurdle and the run in.
15.35 KENTFORD GREY LADY – e/w (3rd – 11-1) will enjoy this test of stamina more and she gets an allowance of the market leaders which may prove to be a real help in these conditions. She really is a tough mare and the trip was too short last time, she has a touch of class and should run to a place at decent odds.
16.10 MR WATSON – (WON 11-4) when Tony McCoy slims down to ride 10-3 you have to take notice. Won well last time over two miles on soft and is going in the right direction. Don't forget SADLER'S RISK who was also a smart juvenile and ran to sixth here in the Triumph last year. He may run a good race at a very good price. I will have him as an e/w bet too.