Panel : Channel 4 Racing and The Morning Line duo Graham Cunningham and Nick Luck, respected pundit Mark ‘The Couch’ Winstanley and Coral’s David Stevens
Couch isn’t a fan of Annie Power. Opts instead for Sempre Medici at a huge price. Stresses it beat Identity Thief who’s 9/2.
Onto the Supreme now and Couch says Min won a schooling hurdle at Thurles. Outrageous it isn’t in the form book.
Min is fairly headstrong and the panel are discussing if his keenness will be an issue around Cheltenham. Same was said for Douvan though?
Couch thinks people are getting carried away with a piece of work on the AW where Altior beat Buveur D’Air. Thinks the latter is a great EW.
Nick Luck: “Tombstone is a player in the Supreme”
David Stevens says Vroum Vroum Mag will be priced largely on what’s gone before. If Min, Douvan and Annie Power win she could be very short.
Couch on the Arkle: Sizing John without the favourite is a great bet.
Panel sweet on Sizing John without Douvan.
Graham Cunningham says he quite likes Henry de Bromhead team this week. He should be fav without Douvan.
Panel discussing Jonjo’s form ahead of Cheltenham. Couch: “I can’t find his last winner.” Would it be a worry for you?
Couch: “I think the favourite wins but I’ve had a little bit on Sizing Granite at 33’s. Needs the ground to dry out but it probably will.”
Graham Cunningham: “Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy & Special Tiara are much the same horse.” Nick Luck fights back: “I don’t agree with that”
Cunningham said last year Mullins brought over a horse that wasn’t even entered for the Festival such is the amount he brings.
Graham goes on to discuss King’s form. Doesn’t think it’s an issue. Always the plan to have a very quiet ten days. Yanworth is the business.
Couch: “I think people will look at the Alan King form. It would worry me.” Cunningham: “This is one of the bankers I don’t want to oppose.”
David Stevens: “Was that last performance simply to good to be true? Hopefully we’ll find out when Yorkhill takes him on.”
Panel admit RSA between No More Heroes and More Of That. Elliott’s charge preferred. Concern over absence/ trainer form of More Of That.
Just imagine having a life where next week means absolutely nothing to you, next week is just a typical, standard, boring week in March
Great to hear The Couch in the Missy Tata camp (Fred Winter) said Gordon Elliott gave him the ‘nod.’ Backed in from 25’s.
Graham Cunningham on Thistlecrack: “If the bookmakers are going well they’ll take him on. But even if they’re going badly I think they will.”
Nick Luck “Will Vautour run in the Ryanair? I keep half expecting to hear the news he will.” Couch thinks he might be right.
Couch: JLT is a nightmare race to work out. If Pont Alexandre wins I’ll jump of the roof.
The panel firmly against hot-pot Limini. Graham Cunningham “Some people might think 4/5 is buying money, once she clouts a couple it might not be”
The Couch on Victoria Pendleton: “Marvellous for racing, she’s shown just how hard it is. Hope she gets round & hope she does well.”
David Stevens says the positivity has grown surrounding Victoria Pendleton “She’s now just even money to complete the course.
McManus particularly keen on Squouateur in the Martin Pipe apparently. Been hammered across the board. Now best price 6/1.
The Couch reports he heard Ivanovic Gorbatov had a foot problem when it got beat.
The Couch: “Quality-wise it isn’t the best. It’s wide open. We could have four in a row crossing the line like before.”
Couch: “I’ve backed Don Poli. He’s the only one who’ll improve for the trip.”
Graham Cunningham: “Ruby will be able to settle Vautour. He’s a superb horse.”
Nick Luck: “Cue Card has a great shout. He’s an in-form staying horse.”
Couch: “Smad Place isn’t good enough.”
Couch: “Don Cossack doesn’t like Cheltenham. Don Poli is my shout.”
Graham Cunningham: “I don’t think he’ll get outpaced.
David Stevens: “Are we writing Cue Card off too easily?”
Nick Luck gives him a big shout.
Graham Cunningham & The Couch against him.
Agree with the panel regarding Smad Place. Don’t think he’s quite good enough.
The Couch: “He’s massively ground dependant.”
Couch: Un De Sceaux wins again. Don Poli wins the Gold Cup.
Nick Luck’s two best horses of Cheltenham: Josses Hill in the Ryanair No More Heroes
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