Will Douvan Make The Festival? #PriceItUp Specials & Thursday Racing Preview4 min read
Willoughby Court – antepost favourite for this month’s JLT Novices’ Chase – will miss Cheltenham, trainer Ben Pauling announced yesterday but he is still optimistic last year’s Neptune winner will be back in time for Aintree next month.
The weights for the ten handicaps at next month’s Cheltenham Festival were published on Wednesday and we are now betting Non Runner No Bet on all 28 races over the four days.
Horses that have been supported for the handicaps in recent days include Romain De Senam, from 16s for the Brown Advisory Plate in light of some very positive noises coming out of the Paul Nicholls yard for the gelding earlier in the week.
Nicholls is, however, just NOT to saddle a winner at next month’s Festival.
We are also offering that Douvan runs in ANY race at next month’s Festival. Willie Mullins suggested on Monday his chance of running was over 50 six-month absence from the track would suggest something was found to be amiss with the son of Teofilo at the Sussex track.
The feature race is the “Road To The Kentucky Derby” Conditions Stakes over a mile and Grankowski (7.30) gave 7lbs and a beating to a subsequent winner at Newcastle last month and trainer Jeremy Noseda would love a crack at the “Run For The Roses.” The William Haggas-trained Three Weeks is considered the main danger in a very hot race.