Elvis struts his stuff for the Channel 4 Racing cameras
The Channel 4 Racing film crew were in at the crack of dawn on Wednesday to film Paddy Power Gold Cup favourite Present View (aka Elvis) schooling over fences. He’s schooled plenty of times over the fences here in Lambourn, but we wanted him to get one last session on the grass before the big day on Saturday.
Pilot Brendan Powell came in to sit on him and he was very pleased. He popped a couple of brush hurdles first and then a line of three fences – he jumped the hurdles all right, but as soon as he saw the fences he pricked his ears and he flew…. One of his greatest attributes is his jumping (touch wood) and the film crew seemed to be impressed too.
Present View (below) is owned by Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick, who apart from cheering on the Gunners, likes nothing better than coming down to watch the horses on our beautiful gallops.
— Tara Myerscough (@TaraJacquelineM) November 10, 2014
Tea Caddy only bit more heavy than last year
My old pointing buddy Daryl Jacob was also in this morning, so whilst Brendan and Daryl were around we made full use of them and schooled a few other horses too. Daryl gave Tea Caddy a spin up over the fences behind Present View with Liz Kelly riding The Rebel Panther.
Tea Caddy is a very reliable, consistent mare and she will go to Fakenham next Tuesday for a mares handicap chase – she won the race last year – and should have a decent chance again this season off only 2lbs higher.
The Rebel Panther won an Irish Point and had some decent novice hurdle form, but his handicap mark has dropped to what looks to be a competitive mark and he might make his debut for us over fences in a couple of weeks’ time.
Stars of the future
We also schooled a couple of decent juveniles – Agenor and Dino Mite. Agenor has come from Germany and could be very smart, whilst Dino Mite looks as though she could mop up some fillies’ juveniles being the half sister to the Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Cockney Sparrow.
We also schooled our dual bumper winner Rhythm Star, who will run next week, and Siobhans Beauty, who has been runner-up in a maiden hurdle in Ireland and looks one who should be up to winning over here before long.
By the time you digest my latest offering, we’ll have declared Elvis for the Paddy Power and I’ll let you all know my thoughts on the declarations on Friday. Be lucky!