I said I’d turn the screw on Paddy on Wednesday and I lived up to my word with a 45/1 treble.
Wednesday was all about Faugheen 6/4f, Sire De Gury 11/4f and Balthazar King 4/1 – and boy did they deliver. You hear me now Paddy? I bet that hurt more than when I rode you out of the lift at Power Tower.
The main event for many is the World Hurdle, and on ratings there are two possibilities – the former multiple hero BIG BUCK’S off a rating of 170, or the mare Annie Power on a mark of 165 and in receipt of 7lb.
As many of you will know, I was gutted Annie Power did not run in the Champion Hurdle, and nothing that happened this week has made me change that view. And even if she wins this I won’t change my mind!
Many have knocked Big Buck’s come-back run, but I’m not one of them. I’ll think he’ll show just what a great horse he is once again.
Life in the fast lane
We kick off with the JLT Novices’ Chase (1.30), and the one to be with here is FELIX YONGER. He has long been held in high regard and has bumped into some top novices in Ireland. He’s been a bit disappointing of late, but that has been down to the ground. The faster the better.
I’m not a huge fan of fish unless it is boneless. But in the Pertemps Final that will change if SEEFOOD (2.05) runs a big one for Dessie Hughes. He stays strong and Dessie expects a bold show – the better ground will help and Paddy’s paying the first five places.
The 2m 5f Ryanair Chase is wide open – but let’s take the chance DYNASTE (2.40) bounces back to his best. The ground massively in his favour and it’s no coincidence that his best run at Aintree came on a good surface.
Splash of Colour
Good luck with the Byrne Group Plate as it looks a nightmare. However COLOUR SQUADRON (4pm) really should be bang there after three terrific recent runs at Cheltenham.
It’s an early finish on Thursday and THERE’S NO PANIC (4.40pm) hit form last time with a win at Sandown. He’s a safe jumper who stays strong. Worth a chance.