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Cheltenham 2021

Cheltenham 2021

Did Cheltenham week sound an alarm for you?

If I’m honest, the first couple of days of Cheltenham were spent in a state of bewilderment. Despite God and Government, we were alive although

Day 4 (19th March)

Cheltenham Day 4

One of my readers, the one who doesn’t live in North Wales, sent a note to remind me that Beau Geste, who I mentioned yesterday,

Day 3 (18th March)

Cheltenham Day 3

With the sad inevitability of the unsinkable ship travelling at speed and an enormous stationary iceberg, I suspect my Cheltenham maybe gashed below the waterline.

Day 2 (17th March)

Cheltenham Day 2

I have not yet had the chance to congratulate myself for tipping and Brian Harman for playing into his 3rd place in TPC.  A 175/1

Day 1 (16th March)

Cheltenham Day 1

And they’re [almost] off…  

Cheltenham 2021

A weekend view of The Cheltenham Festival

The girl in the picture is Elvira, whom I have mentioned ante scriptor. She turned up rather suddenly, refused coffee, and then said nothing, but

Festival Trends

At Last – Some Irish Craic

I am aware that many of the Trends in this section are negative, but I hope will allow the reader to avoid backing horses that

Festival Trends

Stick to what you know.

As you might expect, when you’re digging in dark statistical corners, you occasionally unearth a shard of old pottery which makes you understand that the

Festival Trends

Something of the Arriviste about these

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You turn up somewhere you’ve been invited to and you’re wearing your best Waikiki

Festival Trends

Don’t be handicapped by inexperience

Bizarrely you would think that taking 7lbs off a decent handicap hurdler, might give one a fighting chance with Honest Bob, bookie to the gentry.

Festival Trends

Give it a rest

As with so many of us, there are a finite number of miles on the clock and even the most elite of elite athletes will

Festival Trends

Show some form

FACT: Since 2003, there have been 92 Grade 1 Festival Races. 76 of those races were contested by horses that had completed their races but

Festival Trends

Older yes, Wiser perhaps, Winners hmmm

FACT: There have been 389 Class 1 races at the Festival, (Grade 1,2,3 and Listed) since 2003. 124 of those races have had 230 horses

Festival Trends

The best need a proper break

In many cases, there is nothing strange about many Festival statistics, but for some reason this made me double-check. With further thought, however, it makes

Festival Trends

Flat Out – but not here

FACT: In 83 races since 2003, 103 horses have turned up, whose last prep race was on the Flat or All-weather. 7 of them were

Festival Trends

Huntingdon Hackers

We know we have had 437 NH Festival races since 2003. FACT: Almost 25% of those contained a runner who had raced at Huntingdon LTO.

Festival Trends

Ignore Weak Ratings.

For the Lord sayeth that many are called, but few are chosen and at Cheltenham, the meek and those rated 112 or below will not

Festival Trends

The German Hurdlers Trend

Fact: Since 2003, there have been 206 Festival Hurdle races of which 88 were contested by 122 German-bred horses, of which only 2 have won.

Day 4 (19th March)

St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase

1st February 2021 Willie Mullins’ son Patrick bought home BILLAWAY to land the Naas hunter chase yesterday. Bookies cut him to 3/1 (5/2 NRNB –

Day 4 (19th March)

The Wellchild Cheltenham Gold Cup

22nd February 2021 Willie Mullins talking about AL BOUM PHOTO: I’ll give him a big bit of work this week. He’s in great shape. He

Day 3 (18th March)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateurs

26th Jan 2021 JERRYSBACK caught the eye, staying on for a 5l third to DASHEL DRASHER from a considerate Richard Johnson ride. (Ascot 2m 5f

Day 3 (18th March)

Ryanair Chase

28th January 2021 Nicky Henderson is adamant ALTIOR will be going to The Champion Chase, despite yard jockey Nico de Boinville hoping to try the

Day 2 (17th March)

Weatherbys Champion Bumper

8th February 2021 KILCRUIT bolted up in The Dublin Racing Festival Bumper with Patrick Mullins not having to move a muscle. He disposed of a

Day 2 (17th March)

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

26th Jan 2021 Trainer Christian Williams reports POTTERS CORNER, winner of the Midlands and Welsh Grand Nationals, to be in good form following his run

Day 2 (17th March)

Queen Mother Champion Chase

8th February 2021 CHACUN POUR SOI was impressive in The Dublin Racing Festival’s Dublin Chase, and despite Min being pulled up, Chacun Pour Soi was

Day 2 (17th March)

Coral Cup Handicap

26th Jan 2021 The Henderson-trained CRAIGNEICHE despite his inexperience, took the G3 Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle very impressively by an easy 7l and off OR 127.

Day 1 (16th March)

The National Hunt Chase

1st February 2021 EKLAT DE RIRE, an imposing French-bred put in an impeccable round of jumping for Rachael Blackmore in the G3 Novice chase at

Day 1 (16th March)

The Unibet Champion Hurdle

8th February 2021 HONEYSUCKLE won the Irish Champion Hurdle, blitzing the field under Rachael Blackmore. In turn, she was slashed for the Champion Hurdle, with

Day 1 (16th March)

The Ultima Handicap Chase

26th Jan 2021 JERRYSBACK caught the eye, staying on for a 5l third to DASHEL DRASHER from a considerate Richard Johnson ride. (Ascot 2m 5f

Day 1 (16th March)

The Arkle

8th February 2021 ENUGUMENE didn’t disappoint his fans in The Irish Arkle at Leopardstown never appearing to come out of first gear. Widely available at

Day 3 (18th March)

Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

18th Jan SKYACE (20/1) will head straight to the Festival. The ex-Mullins bumper cost just €600 at Tatts Ireland, having failed to win three bumpers

Day 3 (18th March)

Marsh Novices’ Chase

28th Jan 2021 James Hill in Racing & Football Outlook has suggested an e/w punt on CHATHAM STREET LAD on the following interesting grounds. Compared

Day 4 (19th March)

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

15th Jan 2021 BARBADOS BUCK’S had a 10lb penalty for his two Southwell wins over brush hurdles and was rated 131, when arriving at the

Day 4 (19th March)

JCB Triumph Hurdle

27th Jan 2021 Fry is hoping he could provide the fourth successful female winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle with FORTUNES MELODY. A Listed winner

Day 1 (16th March)

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

RACE TRENDS: The following profile would have found the last 10 winners and 14 of the possible 23 winners since 1998. Since that date, there

Day 3 (18th March)

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

28th Jan 2021 Mouse Morris’ SAMS PROFILE won the G2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park, despite missing the whole of the last campaign

Day 1 (16th March)

Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle

15th Jan 2021 ADAGIO went into a lot of notebooks as a likely Triumph-type when he won the G1 Coral Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on

Day 3 (18th March)

Pertemps Network Final

11th February 2021 Hendo’s CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM may be aiming for this race, although at the time of writing he does need to qualify. Which was

Day 4 (19th March)

Martin Pipe Hcap Hurdle

26th Jan 2021 The Martin Pipe might become a target for the Henderson-trained CRAIGNEICHE, who despite his inexperience, took the G3 Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle very

Day 2 (17th March)

Ballymore Hurdle

8th February 2021 GAILLARD DU MESNIL got things underway at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival,  with a brilliant performance in the opener. The five-year-old was cut