Top jock and all-round prankster Ruby Walsh has a book of rides would make Hugh Hefner red with jealous rage.
But here’s four horses he’d love to get the leg over at Cheltenham 2015 – if only he could.
I’ve had to be imaginative about this. Don Poli is owned by Gigginstown so Bryan Cooper has the mount. But if he was switched to the amatuers’ race – the 4m NH Chase – Patrick Mullins would ride him.
Stamina is not a problem. He settles well and is a good jumper. He’d be a penalty kick in this race an absolute nap.
Being a gallant loser is no good to you at Cheltenham – it’s all about winners.
Don Poli could run in the RSA but so too could Coneygree if connections decide not to go down the Gold Cup route with what looks like England’s best staying novice chaser.
The English handicap certainly seems to think so and rates him 15lb better than Denman who I rode to win the RSA Chase by 10 lengths in 2007.
If he’s 15lb better than Denman on ratings – I’d want to be on Coneygree in the RSA.
This looks a very open contest and his stablemate Peace or Co looks a strong ante-post favourite. But I think his stable mate Hargam will put it up to him.
He travels well in his race and jumps well so there’s no issues there.
He had the speed to win Musselburgh and the stamina to win at Cheltenham and that’s a deadly combination in a race like this.
There’s no doubt Silviniaco Conti is the the form horse going into the Blue Riband.
He’s got beaten on his debut but has since won impressively at Haydock and the King George at Kempton and is 11lb clear on ratings.
I don’t know why he stopped up the hill last year. Trainer Paul Nicholls has fitted cheekpieces and there was a suggestion that stomach ulcers were the problem last season when he wasn’t finishing his races strongly. But he sets the standard and that’s what you’re looking for in Grade One Championship races.
Silviniaco Conti has run in the Gold Cup twice before (fell in 2013 when travelling well and was fourth last year after a detour) – but he can make it third-time lucky this year.