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Dingo Dollar is full of the shortlist for its Ladbrokes Trophy of Alex Hammond this weekend – do not miss her latest racing musings.
Last weekend was sensational – where would you stand now with regards to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and this King George? Is your Jumps Triple Crown on??
It was glorious, was not it? I was lucky enough to be in Ascot for Sky Sports and admit that Cyrname was so wonderful and I have to eat my words, while I had been disappointed to see Altior beaten.
It is correct that his reappearance was needed by Altior slightly more but charge to the winner, but that he also was really impressive.
The horse did it, although it had been going to have a giant performance to finish the 19-race unbeaten run of Altior. There is no doubt both horses seemed to have hard races Altior, and it is going to be interesting to see how they come with all the King George out of it only a month off.
Did stamina beat Altior? Also the Paul Nicholls-trained winner appears a stayer and Nicholls holds the aces although Nicky Henderson says he is not worried about the duo facing again, although I don’t think so.
It’s worth remembering that Cyrname seemingly prefers to proceed right-handed, therefore Kempton will suit, but will Cheltenham be an perfect track for him?
You need to appreciate jumps racing and it has fans. It was a pleasure to find the Ascot crowd applauding both horses likewise and in the paddock beforehand following the race.
We take these superstar horses into our hearts and it is warming to see these appreciated.
There’s a new kid on the block though and Colin Tizzard has reason to feel haughty entering the period.
Lostintranslation was among the beginner chasers throughout last season and I will admit that the 16/1 that was available for the Gold Cup following his next place was taken by me to Defi Du Seuil from the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival.
Speaking of smug, I feel pretty happy with this considering he’s now 4/1 with Sky Bet. So was a thorough stamina test it is worth considering this calendar year that the Betfair Chase has been run over 3m 1??1/2 furlongs.
As a result, I believe the Gold Cup is his race than the King George, but I am delighted to be proven wrong. He’s 5/2 second favorite behind 9/4 fav Cyrname for your King George. Altior is now 7/1 for the Boxing Day competition.
Buveur D’Air returns to action this Saturday – that horses are still currently getting you excited from the barrier branch?
It has been stated this is currently one of the weakest championship branches.
It’s still early days though and I expect it to hot up before the year is finished, but there will not be too many ripples from the Champion Hurdle market when Buveur D’Air wins on Saturday at Newcastle.
Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old has won this race for the past two seasons and once again it is his trainer point of choice.
He is Sky Bet’s 1/3 favourite on Saturday, so if he doesn’t win easily it will be unsatisfactory. He is now 5/1 co-favourite of three.
Saldier conquer his better-fancied stablemate as everyone probably knows.
Not that trainer Willie Mullins heads, together with two leading contenders for the top two-mile barrier races and we are certain to see progression.
They were both novice hurdlers and perhaps is time for a changing of the guard March come.
The head of the Champion Hurdle marketplace is dominated by horses trained Mullins and by Henderson and the crucial is held by them .
Can this year’s Ladbrokes Trophy up to scratch, and who will emerge at Newbury on top?
Speaking of Henderson and Mullins, there is going to be a recurring motif in this week’s website!
The duo both train protagonists with this 3m2f handicap chase. However, Tizzard will aim to spoil everybody’s party this weekend.
It has the potential to be a cracking contest and you can make a case for several of those entries, which can be good news if you want to attempt to find a little bit of value.
At this point Ok Corral is Sky Bet’s 5/1 favorite for Henderson, together with the Mullins-trained Cabaret Queen a 7/1 shot with Colin Tizzard responsible for joint third favourite Elegant Escape (9/1) using Henderson’s On The Blind Side additionally at 9s.
At the danger of tying you Tizzard trains top West Approach and contenders Mister Malarky.
Last year old runner-up was Elegant Escape with Dingo Dollar finishing Beware The Bear fourth and West Approach fifth.
Of those, Dingo Dollar is beginning to look well handicapped, with Alan King’s charge now in the evaluations than that he was. He must go nicely again.
I also enjoy the De Rasher Counter, that had the advantage of a twist over hurdles at Uttoxeter to put him spot on with it of Emma Lavelle. He is a 10/1 shot Sky Bet, using Dingo Dollar in 14s.
Yala Enki is one to watch to the Welsh National with a possible eye. He can be a useful addition to this yard at Ditcheat and has combined Paul Nicholls from Venetia Williams. He’s 16/1 for Saturday’s race and will not lack for endurance.
When declarations are out and the ground conditions be clearer, I will reevaluate my list, although Thus, I haven’t nailed my colours to the mast. Nevertheless, it’s fair to mention De Rasher Counter along with Dingo Dollar are more very likely to be high it up.

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