Dennis Irwin stepping to take a penalty for Manchester United. Ken Doherty lining up the black in the 1997 World Final. Westlife playing Wembley to a raucous crowd of middle-aged women. These are pretty much all Irish bankers. Can you add Pont Alexandre in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival to that list?
Snooker hero John Parrott doesn’t think so.
The Willie-Mullins-trained five-year-old is unbeaten over the obstacles but the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle is one of the most competitive races of the Festival. Picking a winner is harder than ….. but luckily we’ve got Parrott on board.
The New One, Rule The World, Taquin Du Seuil and Chatterbox are all horses who have high expectations but only one can win.
‘This is probably one of the best races of the meeting. Pont Alexandre is going to have to be very good to put these to bed. Apparently he is? This is one of the best Neptune Novices’ races I’ve seen in a long long time.’
‘There are some classy horses in this and a lot of bubbles burst because there are plenty of trainers claiming these are the best horses they’ve trained.’
Listen to John Parrott’s analysis of one of the hottest races of the Festival and his 12/1 shot.