I don’t mean to be cruel, but let’s hope Paddy Power had a miserable day at Cheltenham for his big race yesterday – I mean we want you to lose Paddy! You hear me?
The Paddy Power Open meeting really is a treat, though, and it continues Sunday with some more cracking action. Let’s take a look at the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at 1.35pm, and I’m full of hope Sea Lord will now find one too good in the shape of THE LIQUIDATOR. The latter was a very decent bumper horse and promises to be even better over hurdles having started well at Carlisle – I think he has a great chance of toppling Sea Lord.
The Grade 2 Arkle Trial at 2.10pm depends much on how well Ted Veale can jump. However, I like Dodging Bullets, but has experience having won well at Kempton last time. He might just be an easier ride than Ted Veale, and it’s worth remembering he was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles at this track.
I will be all over Sire de Grugy in the 2.40pm Shloer Chase. He has to give between 4lb and 10lb to his rivals, but if there is ever going to be a challenger to Sprinter Sacre this horse might just be it. He was impressive at Sandown last season and brilliant at Chepstow last time. My only worry is his jumping – he’s a big horse and sometime can be careless. However, he is oh-so-talented.
Then to the big handicap of the day, the Greatwood at 3.15pm. The one to be on here – I hope – is Kashmir Peak, who ran really well on the flat at Doncaster last time, finishing a head behind Thomas Hobson. He was only a 20-1 chance behind Our Connor in the Triumph, and although beaten by miles I think he is much a better than that. A speed test on good ground at Cheltenham might be perfect for him off a decent mark.
So that’s it for the Paddy Power meeting for another year. Hope you have taken a few quid off Paddy, and rest assured if not we will soon. Yeeehaaa!