What a week we’ve had at the blog. You hear me Paddy?
So Gold Cup day has finally arrived and it’s time to do more damage. First up is the Triumph Hurdle, and there’s no doubt PEACE AND CO (1.30pm) has looked something special this season and will take all the beating.
Nicky Henderson finally got on the board yesterday and Peace and Co has looked good in all his efforts, even when given a bit to do at this track last time. Kalkir is the one each-way at around 16/1.
The County Hurdle is impossible – so I will have two against the field in MAX DYNAMITE (2.05pm) and THE GAME CHANGER (2.05pm). The former is miles better than we have seen so far and might be well handicapped. The worry is the lack of experience.
The Game Changer has decent form and is strongly fancied by trainer Gordon Elliott. He stays strong and the third in the Galway Hurdle last August when trained by Charlie Swan was a fine run.
I’m a huge fan of BLACK HERCULES (2.40pm) in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle over 3m. He’s top of the market but still reasonable odds. He jumps and stays and will be very hard to keep out the frame.
Going for Gold
I was undecided about the Gold Cup until yesterday, when a conversation with Noel Fehily convinced me that SILVINIACO CONTI (3.20pm) will do this time what he failed to do 12 months ago. Cheekpieces and being treated for ulcers has changed him and Fehily says he is twice the horse he was last year. That will be enough!
After we pick up our Gold Cup winnings we can think about the Foxhunter Chase and ON THE FRINGE (4pm) has gone close in this contest before and on ratings is the one to beat. He’s not over the hill and in good form. Another good old stick JUNIOR might be worth a few quid each-way as well.
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle is next and the one I like here is NOBLE ENDEAVOR (4.4Opm) who looked good off a mark of 131 at Punchestown last time. He’s up to 140 now so this will be tougher. But he’s in form and from the shrewd Gordon Elliot yard.
Finally, everyone will be lumping on AP McCoy in his race, but this blog doesn’t believe in fairytales. I like the blinkered first time GRUMETI (5.15pm), who was rated over 150 over hurdles but in the 140s over fences. He ran a shocker last time at Sandown, but he must be better than that and it’s worth taking a chance at the prices. I will also have a few quid on last season’s Grand Annual fourth Next Sensation who might also go well at reasonable odds.
So I hope you have followed the blog over the four days. Without doubt you will be in front whatever happens today! Yeeehaaa!