A fantastic start to the festival with Willie having a Grade One treble.
I managed to row in with two of them and we’ve a couple of good chances on Wednesday’s card.
Nickname Exit has only run once over hurdles and it’s a big ask to win a race like this. I think he may lack the experience whereas Tarabiyn has plenty of experience and should relish the step up in trip. He’d be my each-way selection.
Aklan has been very disappointing to say the least and his last run wouldn’t land a blow in this race. He needs to rediscover his form that saw him finish second to Noble Endeavour – over this course and distance – to have a realistic chance.
I think Roi Des Francs completely flipped his lid in the parade ring at Cheltenham so I’d put a line through that run. He’ll wear ear plugs today, I’d imagine.
He’s decent but probably has to improve to beat Killutagh Vic who was very good when winning the Martin Pipe hurdle at the festival. I ride Shaneshill and think he has way more class than either of them.
He was very good when he skated in over 2m 4f at Fairyhouse earlier this month and before that ran very well when second to Douvan over 2m at Cheltenham.
I think Shaneshill will get the 3m trip and to be honest he’s my best ride today.
I’m hoping Djakadam can go one better than when second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. I’ve a lot of time for him and I think he’s the best horse in the race – but as a six-year-old he has to overcome those exertions.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup was the target and I just hope he has something left in the locker.
Don Cossack and Road to Riches are big dangers and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing On His Own each-way after his Cork win. He seems to be in really good form at home.
I’m glad this is an amatuer’s race and I din’t have to make the choice. The only one who can’t be wrong is Jane Mangan who didn’t have to choose as she was left with Pylonthepressure when the others had chosen.
Bellshill has the best recent form – that’s why Patrick chose him – but there’s only a toss of a coin between them, Bordini, Au Quart de Tour and Livelovelaugh.
I’m staying out of it!
Turban has a good each-way chance and was travelling really, really, well when he fell in the Topham Chase at Aintree three out. The only worry is that horses who fall over those big fences are careful on their next run until they get their confidence back.
I wouldn’t put anyone off Turban each-way but Gold Bullet does look the one to beat.
There was no real excuses for Arkwrisht when second to Cogryhill at Navan last time but the step up in trip to 2m 2f should help him.
Listening to Willie and Patrick (Mullins) talking yesterday at declaration stage I wouldn’t be surprised if they make plenty of use of this one and he runs a really good race.