In this new weekly blog I will be updating you on horses that warrant a second look after running recently as well as some of the more obvious eye catchers, market movers for big ante post races and marking your card for the week ahead.
The Gold Cup Market is Moving
It may be just October but the Gold Cup market is already seeing movers and shakers miles out from the blue riband chase event. Monday saw Minella Indo hack up at Wexford under BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore and was duly cut to 9/1 for Cheltenham in March. Trainer Henry De Bromhead has highlighted the race we sponsor at Navan which is a grade two next month. I must say I was very impressed but can probably hold off taking the 9/1 for now. Frodon was another contender to throw his hat into the ring with an impressive weight carrying effort at Cheltenham. I still think he is better suited for the Ryanair but was put into the Gold Cup market at 20/1 by ourselves after his trainer Paul Nicholls confirmed that was going to be the aim this season.
Is Minella Indo your idea of the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner this season?
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) October 26, 2020
Exod'ela Could Excel Over Three Miles
The 3.00 at Cheltenham on Friday was won in good style for the second year running by trainer Dr Richard Newland and Cillin Leonard who is well worth his 7 pound claim. That win made it three in a row for the five year old by Dylan Thomas. Looking down the field BetVictor ambassador Jamie Snowden ran Exod’ela who was having just his second start of the season. He stayed on well, in spite of losing a shoe, and I just think could be a type to relish going a bit further in time and his sire has produced a number of horses that have form over an extended trip.
Captain Tom Cat takes the squareintheair .com Handicap Hurdle!
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) October 23, 2020
Rouge Vif Storms Up The Hill
Harry Whittington had the joy of his first Festival winner last season and Rouge Vif could well give him another. The six year old, owned by the Brooks family, stormed up the hill to win on Saturday by seven and a half lengths. That earned him quotes from us as short as 16/1 for the Champion Chase. It remains to be seen if he will be one to take top rank in the two mile chase division but one thing is for sure: he has made a stunning start to the season.
— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) October 23, 2020
Lingfield Maidens Look Above Par
Lingfield’s jumps card on Thursday was the best in a long time. The Surrey track is more associated with the all weather action and, frankly, the National Hunt cards are usually below average. Last week however, both the maiden hurdles offered impressive winners with Nicky Martin’s Bear Ghylls running a huge race to back up an impressive bumper win at Warwick last season. It was great to see a smaller yard have a real star who could be anything over hurdles. The winner of the other half of the maiden looked equally as impressive Threeunderthrufive, who to my eye looks a type that will be likely to get two mile five furlongs over hurdles with ease. The manner in which he stayed on looked nice and whilst any racing fan could see they are good horses, both are worth highlighting as types that will go onto bigger and better things.
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— Tattersalls Ireland (@tatts_ireland) October 22, 2020
Eyes Down for Festival Pointers on Friday and Saturday
This weekend will showcase yet more National Hunt superstars and the place you must simply keep watch over is the two day card at Down Royal. Gordon Elliott often uses this meeting to run some of his best talents and has a plethora of stars entered at the five day stage. Envoi Allen is just one name to mention who features in the Beginner Chase but other names you need to note at the meeting include Sir Gerhard – current Cheltenham Festival bumper favourite – who is entered on the Friday plus Brave Way, who cost £160,000 at the sales, and made the perfect start to life when joining Henry De Bromhead, winning at Killbeggan.