Coral ambassador looks ahead to his rides at Newbury on Saturday
I think Espoir De Teillee can run a big race here. He meets Kalooki on the same terms as when he beat him here last season, but he’s a much bigger price than that rival this time.
I thought he ran a nice race at Chepstow last time to warm up for this, he won’t mind the going here, the step up in trip shouldn’t be an issue, so I’d be hopeful of a good start to a massive day.
It’s great to be riding last year’s winner in this race once more. Yes he’s got to carry 18 pounds more than he did last year, but you’d be hard pushed to say he wouldn’t have won with that extra weight 12 months ago, such was the style in which he won.
It didn’t work out for him in the Grand National, but he’s had wind surgery since and has been pleasing Jonjo [O’Neill] at home, and we were delighted with his reappearance run.
He could well be susceptible to a horse like Fiddlerontheroof or Eklat De Rire, a proverbial Grade One horse running in a handicap, and if the ground came up soft, which is unlikely now, Remastered could run a big race, but I’d be really hopeful Cloth Cap can run a huge race, and join an exclusive club of dual winners of this great race.
Numitor is a really rapid improving type, he was last season and he’s continued that again this season. He’s a big strapping horse too so he should improve for his recent runs.
I think the track will suit and he’s another I can see running a really big race here.
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