All the latest news about the Christmas racing season, stolen from elsewhere and presented to you in this bitesize format.
– Sizing Europe romped to victory to the kind of victory in the Tingle Creek that had the pundits purring and suggesting that all he needed to do was turn up at Cheltenham to retain his Champion Chase crown. It’s not going to be that simple, but it was a good performance and his trainer, Henry De Bromhead says like last year, he plans to send him to the Tied Cottage Chase before mounting the defence of his title.
– It was a great day for horses with fancy sounding French names at Fairyhouse yesterday as Voler La Vedette landed the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle whilst Sous Les Cieux took the honours in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle. Cheltenham looks to be the target for both horses now with Colm Murphy set to send Voler to a sound trouncing at the hands of Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle and Willie Mullins Sous Les Cieux will be aimed at the Supreme Novices Hurdle, a race he’s currently a 12/1 chance to win.
– Poquelin looks very likely to miss his attempt at making it a hat-trick of wins in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham with what sounds like the horsey version of man-flu. The horse#s owner, Andy Stewart explained “he’s got a tiny bruise and we don’t want to run him under top weight if he’s not right.”
– It’s a slow news day, so we’re going to bend the goalposts off the ‘Christmas Racing season’ remit and talk about the Grand National. West End Rocker won the Becher Chase and some bookmakers completely over-reacted by catapulting to the top of the betting for the sporting lottery. We at Paddy Power are more cool and nonplussed so we only trimmed him to 20/1 from 33/1 (currently co-5th favourite). His part-owner, Barry Winfield says the Grand National isn’t a race he fancies, but the prospect of a big pile of money may be enough to make him change his mind. “The Grand National is not really for me – the prize-money is good though, obviously. Usually I would leave before the National to beat the traffic!”
Random Paddy Power Employee Tip Of The Day
Noel Tate – Mobile Wizardry
“Can I make up a name? No, it has to be a real horse? Ok then. Somersby in the King George VI Chase.”