He’s sent out 34 winners this season already and David Pipe rarely leaves any Cheltenham meeting empty-handed. He didn’t draw on Friday but still has plenty lined up for the weekend.
(12.40) Azza: Didn’t beat very much at Carlisle but did it nicely. Got a rating of 135 which I think is ridiculous but she’s schooled in the week and jumped nicely but it looks a competitive race.
(13.50) Goulanes: Won the 3m 1f handicap hurdle here last season and is entered for the Handicap Chase on Saturday. He will love the track and the trip. He’s a dour stayer so this sort of contest shoud be right up his street.
(14.35) Paddy Power Gold Cup 2m 4f
Dad won this contest eight times and I’ve been lucky enough to have won it with Great Endeavour (8/1) in 2011.
Ballynagour: First time out is probably the best time to catch him. If he comes back to the type of form he showed at Warwick last year he’d have a big chance. We’ll take it one race at a time with him.
(15.00) Close House: Will probably run even though he’s quite high in the handicap. The trip of 3m 1f might stretch him a bit but we may let him take his chance and take it from there.
(16.05) Legacy Gold: She hasn’t been back with us very long. She’s won three out of three and will improve from whatever she does on Saturday in the mares’ bumper she will improve on – but she’s still my best bet of the three days.
(16.05) Vilja: Won her point-to-point in Ireland even if a few of the others did fall in the race. Jumping’s the name of the game and she’ll probably take her chance in this Flat race to get started.
(15.15) Tanerko Emery: Put up a good performance behind Raya Star – just didn’t the last two fences as well as he could. It was a nice introduction and if he was to run in the hurdle race he should be a shorter price than the 20/1 being quoted for the Greatwood Hurdle.
(13.35) The Liquidator: Beat nothing the last day but did it well and got some experience. Softer the better for him. There’s lots of talk about West Wizard but I wouldn’t swap mine who was fourth in the Cheltenham bumper last season before running out a decent winner at Punchestown (above) from some very good horses.
(15.15) Dell Arca: First run for us after two wins in France. Rated 128 so we’ll see if he’s up to that but is doing some nice work at home and we beat Willie Mullins to this one in the sales ring.
(15.50) Red Sherlock & Count Danillo: Red Sherlock has done nothing wrong in his two bumper wins last season and the form of his Ascot win has been franked. He’s not back in training that long but may take his chance. Count Danillo won a point-to-point in Ireland.
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