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Cheltenham Preview Night

Cheltenham Preview Night : Haydock with Brian Hughes & Star Sports

Venue: Haydock Park

Date 7th March

Panel: BH – Brian Hughes (Jockey), MJ – Marten Julian (Dark Horses), AG – Andy Gibson (Proform), TH – Trevor Harris (Starsports)

BH – Min too short – hot headed. Altior best English horse.
MJ – thinks Min got a physical problem that bothers him – blood vessel issues ? Buveur D’air the star bet.
AG – Min price down to hype – weakest of Mullins favs. Altior really good on times – rock solid. Supersundae e/w.
TH – Thinks Min will be around 3/1 on the day. Thinks Yorkhill will run here.

BH – Couldn’t back Arzal if he found the money ! Douvan will win.
MJ – Arzal will lead, will be shorter in running than current price for in running players.
AG – Douvan wins if jumps round. Sizing John without Douvan.
TH – Douvan unopposable


Champion Hurdle
BH – MTOY will be more settled with Barry Geraghty but thinks The New One has good chance.
MJ – Layer of Annie Power, Top Notch too big – value of the race at 20s.
AG – Annie you have to oppose. Will suit hold up horses – The New One more substance to his profile – decent e/w bet.
TH – Got to lay Annie, no recent form over 2 miles. Hargam more weight than MTOY in the gallops. Camping Ground if soft.

Mares Hurdle
BH – VVM should win. Aurora Destouval had wind op since last run – worth a chance e/w
MJ – Likes Bitofapuzzle & Governess
AG – Won’t bet in race but would be interested in Aurora Destrouval without VVM
TH – Bitofapuzzle if pressed.

Other Races
BH – Roi de Francs in 4 miler – Minella Rocco too many mistakes.
MJ – Ultima – Carole’s Destrier had wind op. Want to be on Doctor Harper wherever it runs. Javert in novice handicap.
AG – Ultima – Southfield Theatre if it runs. Vyta du Roc NRNB if it runs.
TH – Large bet on Doctor Harper NRNB.

BH – Yanworths race to lose but told Au Toi Phil working as well as any other Mullins horse.
MJ – Yanworth flicks hurdles, slow time, possibly peaked too soon. Predict it will be good to soft for start of festival.
AG – Yanworth one of the strongest favs but won’t be backing it. Not a great jumper. Backed Shantou Village NRNB at 14/1.
TH – Poor race but thinks Yanworth will probably win but will take it on.

BH – More of That best horse in the race but not worried about Seeyouatmidnight last time on sticky ground – needs lot of work and the softer the better – a street fighter tries like hell at 12/1 massive e/w value but would rather be on the new track as stiffer.
MJ – Decent renewal More of That always likes and would back it – had a wind op too.
AG – More of That will win no value now but been backing it all year & Vyta du Roc NRNB as saver
TH – No value in No More Heros but things it will win.

Champion Chase
BH – Rides Somersby but thinks UDS wins bar a fall. Gods Own best right handed.
MJ – Felix Yonger not good enough to win but will out run odds.
AG – UDS if it jumps round but could be put off by Special Tiara so backed Felix Yonger without UDS.
TH – Happy to lay UDS no big money for it though.

BH – Been beaten by High Bridge and that could be a possible on good ground.
MJ – Ballyandy token choice.
AG – won’t bet in race but watch it for next year.
TH – Bacardys only horse they’ve laid to any money.

BH – No strong feeling maybe Shaneshill if it runs.
MJ – Not a good contest – not bet in the race.
AG – Heard Black Hercules goes here. Bristol fav by default and concerned on fast ground. Interested in Garde le Victoire if good ground.
TH – Not a grade 1 race. Bristol the right favourite.

BH – Oscar Rock interesting on good ground if runs in this.
MJ – No views
AG – Backed Village Vic NRNB and thinks fine on decent ground. Small interest on Smashing in case soft ground.
TH – Road to Riches as nothing else in it.

World Hurdle
BH – Heard whisper Cole Hardens wind worse than ever ! Whisper & Kilcooley both e/w.
MJ – Whisper each way – will out run odds.
AG – Backed Thistlecrack all year at bigger odds also had Whisper e/w without fav.
TH – Thistlecrack laid at all rates down – couldn’t back now at the price though.

Triumph Hurdle
BH – would ride Gorbatov if he could ride any.
MJ – Gorbatov had a stone bruise before last ran will be different proposition on good ground. Conetable would be the choice – best bet of the meeting !
AG – Gorbatov a false fav – would be double figure price with different connections. Sceau Royal most likely to run his race – strong placepot player.
TH – Zubayr the worst price of any horse at the meeting. Sceau Royal should be the fav.

Albert Bartlett
BH – Has ridden against Barters Hill loads and races lazily and keeps finding so stick with it.
MJ – Gangster working well but Shantou Village if good ground.
AG – Barters Hill will be bigger in running. Shantou Village won’t run if soft.
TH – Barters Hill will drift on day. Blue et Rouge will run here !

Gold Cup
BH – Would love to see Cue Card win but a gruelling race so would back Don Poli and Smad Place.
MJ – Couldn’t have anything with stamina doubt so against Vautour. Don Cossack tough battler who can win ugly.
AG – 4 of top 5 in the market ground dependent. Vautour can’t have on soft. Djackadam only interesting on soft. Cossack needs good ground. Poli on good to soft or softer is the must bet.
TH – Between the Dons & Smad Place a big price e/w.

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