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Cheltenham Preview Night

Ladbrokes Cheltenham Preview Night Waterford March 2017

Ladbrokes Cheltenham Preview Night 2017 Waterford

1. Mick Fitzgerald (mf)
2. John Francome
3. Noel O’Brien (nob)
4. David Casey (dc)
5. Katie Walsh (kw)
6. Davy Russell (dr)
7. Jim McGrath (jmg)
8. Henry De Bromhead
9. Oliver Sherwood
10. Jack Kennedy

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Supreme Novices
DR – joke that melon is fav would back finians Oscar with a run
JK – Banker of the meeting is moon racer could run in the champion hurdle
JK – Moon racer
OS – moon racer nap of the meeting
HDB – worried about melon only having one run, fan of ballyandy he runs capital force
JMG – nothing stands out moon racer is fragile would back Ballyandy
DC – lets dance goes mares novice melon is very very good doubts moon racer will turn up on good form very bullish on melon
NOB – melon is the most likely improver in the field
KW – ballyandy
MF big fan of bunk off early asked DC who he’d ride he says Bunk off early neon wolf would win this if he runs in it and stats are against melon

Champion Hurdle
HDB – Petit Mouchoir good form schooled well today only one in the field that has won 2 Grade 1s this season like sizing Europe
JF – Yanworth best attitude in the race and if he’s right he will win
JK – Petit Mouchoir unlucky in the fighting fifth and tombstone not good enough
OS – Yanworth if Wayne Hutchinson rides
JMG – Yanworth has the best form but he’d take him on with brain power in an open looking race
NOB – PM + Yworth top rated but thinks Buveur Dair wins
MF – Brain Power e/w
DC – Limini goes for this race but when asked says yanworth probably win
KW – Petit Muchoir and Yanworth might do it but thinks in a hard run race that footpad EW could catch them
Mares Hurdle
Not much said about this
DC – V.V.M wins this again easily
JK – Apples Jade no excuses run LTO is as good as she is
DR – Jers Girl

National Hunt Chase
KW – Genie in a bottle is slow but deserves to be the FAV but all in all a very bad race
JMG – Champers on ice wins this if JJ Codd rides
OS – Beware the bear e/w
J.F – Foxtails Hill

Neptune
DC – Bacardys is very good should improve has a very very good chance
JMG – Not impressed with Finians Oscar, Neon wolf has great form best of the English and says that Bacardys jumping isn’t good enough
HDB – Waiting to see where death duty goes to see where to send Monalee but thinks Bacardys wins this
OS – Very impressed with Neon Wolf
JK – Death Duty best he’s ever ridden but thinks he goes to the Albert Bartlett
JF – Bacardys
DR – Death Duty in NRNB but other than that Finians Oscar
KW – Agrees with DR on Death Duty but thinks bacardys wins
NOB – Bacardys
MF – Has been impressed with Neon Wolf but Bacardys has Cheltenham form

Triumph Hurdle
JF – Soldier in action
MF Soldier in action massively overpriced but thinks megafortune wins with DR on board
DR – Slower the better for megafortune
DC – willie sends Bapaume and Merry de vie but thinks Defi du seuil takes a lot of beating
OS – stick with Defi Du Seuil
JMG – defi du seuil but megafortune if its soft Soldier in action e/w
All agree merry de vie is a lively outsider

Albert Bartlett
JK – Death Duty is the one to beat here
DC Augusta Kate would have beaten Death Duty last time out despite the fall and @7/1 look no further, Penhill not out of it on nice ground
HDB – Monalee here guaranteed he will stay at 10/1
JF – Monalee
MF – Monalee is one of the best bets of the whole meeting

Ryanair
DC – Un De Sceaux has a hell of a chance
MF – Empire of Dirt is the NAP of the whole meeting really found his feet in the last 12 months and is the stand out horse of the card
JK – Empire of dirt he’s never had a ride like him, should have been sent to the gold cup and will be very hard to beat
DR – agrees with JK and MF but thinks the trip might be a bit sharp for him he’s a 3miler
HDB – sub lieutenant has a good chance e/w but thinks that Empire of dirt is the biggest danger
JMG – Un de sceaux will take a lot of beating
JF – Un De Sceaux should have won last year and will win here
KW – cant see Un De Sceaux beaten
OS – put blinkers or a visor on Uxizandre and he’ll have a great chance

Round up of Day 3
DR – Presenting percy too heavily handicapped in the pertemps English horse will win this no chance
DC – lets dance in the mares but airlie beach is very very good
KW – Kim Muir too open back Davys Ride
DR – Mall Dini disappointing but then got questioned and kept cards close to his chest (back it)
NOB – step up in trip will suit mall dini and feels he’s been campaigned for the kim muir

Champion Bumper
DR – some day best in the country

JLT
DC – Yorkhill wgatever finishes in front of this will be the winner
JMG – doubts about yorkhill thinks top notch will run a big race
DR – if yorkhill wears a hood he should go to the Arkle
JF – thinks yorkhill will struggle likes top notch expects a good run out of frodon at a big price
HDB – yorkhill looks good he has balko des flos at 50/1
NOB – thinks yorkhill is quirky and this could be diskod race
KW – thinks yorkhill and altior are avoiding each other but says yorkhill is a beast
MF – Yorkhill is too free and could get himself beaten here

Stayers (World) Hurdle
NOB – Unowhatimeanharry looks too good, Jezki could run a big race
JF – Unowhatimeanharry – Jezki maybe but lil rockerfeller e/w
KW – Unowhatimeanharry says shaneshill runs well at Cheltenham and that clondaw warrior could be placed
JMG – Unowhatimeanharry decent although not a banker
OS – cant see Unowhatimeanharry beaten but wouldn’t back him at EVS, cole harden has a chance
JK – Unowhatimeanharry
DR – Unowhatimeanharry one of the NAPS
MF – Unowhatimeanharry clondaw warrior e/w

RSA Chase
JF – Might Bite
MF – Might bites fall LTO a concern no hiding place in an RSA if he jumps he wins Whisper ew
DR – Might bite is by scorpion enough said
DC – not Bellshill whisper e/w
OS – all horses by scorpion are soft
JMG – Acapella Bourgeois
JK – Acapella if its soft

Arkle Trophy
JF – Altior too good
HDB – Altior, he sends some plan DR rides this
DR DR – Altior jumps too high and slow wants yorkhill to run here
JMG – Altior
KW – Altior
DC – Yorkhill wont run here altior wins
MF – This is a novice steeplechase and anything can win altior should run champion hurdle but cloudy dream e/w
NOB – Altior

Cheltenham Gold Cup
HDB – Champagne west is definitely in this just keeps going. Sizing john classy
JF – Bristol de Mai e/w
DR – Champagne west form very solid but thinks its between djakadam and native river but questions native rivers form
KW – Native river not as classy as djakadam, djakadam has Cheltenham and gold cup form says champagne wests jumping is better but you cant miss a beat in the gold cup
DC – Cue card no chance been below for since before the king George not good enough, djakadam the best form it’s his year this year. More of that e/w says sizing john wont stay
NOB – agreed with DC says they’re all high class handicappers bar djakadam who is very classy
MF – thinks champagne west is a sleeper in this race is well handicapped for the national should skip this and go to the National
JMG – Cue card has no chance, djakadam was disappointing LTO but still his first choice
JK – Between native river and djakadam
OS – Native River

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