Harry Cobden has King George dilemma
Harry Cobden admits That He may have a Challenging decision to make at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The rider shone aboard Cyrname in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday, once the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old brought Altior’s 19-race winning series.
But stablemate Clan Des Obeaux is also on track to defend his Kempton crown, after a promising yield at Down Royal before this month, and Cobden believes he’s a”huge opportunity” of a duplicate.
Reflecting about the weekend, even Cobden explained:”Cyrname looks fantastic. It was a fantastic day on Saturday – that overcome Altior, and we are very proud of the horse played on the day. I am thrilled.
“I surely wouldn’t get off Cyrname to ride Altior in Kempton now, after Saturday. All our horses have needed a run this season. He was the best horse in the day – we will have to watch at Kempton.
“I wouldn’t want Clan Des Obeaux half a length down on me turning at Kempton, because he wouldn’t stop. He has got a chance – he won the race.
“You may question the shape just a tiny bit, with Thistlecrack in him behind. All the same, it was won by him . He’s got a opportunity, and that I wouldn’t rule him.
“I shall ride the one that I think will have the very best chance. Cyrname had a tough race on Saturday. Clan Des Obeaux will be going there new and firing on all cylinders – that he will not be far away.”
Reporting Cyrname to have accepted his Ascot exertions well, Nicholls – that has won the King George 10 times – stated:”I am very pleased with Cyrname following Saturday. He had a difficult race. I think both horses (Cyrname and Altior) gave their best, ran very well and into a high level.
“If Cyrname had not run into the race Saturday, Altior would have won by half the trail and everyone would’ve been applauding him saying what a great performance. It’s possibly.
“I understood Cyrname was quite well. Since he’s a superstar, you’re never certain from a horse such as Altior, but I think it was a very good race – and both horses conducted to a level that is rather high. Cyrname had Altior out of his comfort zone, and only outstayed him.
“I’d love to think we would do the same in Kempton. I will be amazed if you see Altior at the King George. I am not certain what Nicky is thinking, (Altior) obviously stayed on Saturday, but if he wishes to go another three furlongs and provide him a second hard race so soon after that, I don’t know.
“We aren’t scared to take him on again. I believe we’ve got a brand new horse – he’s won his last three races he looks really intelligent.”
Like Cobden, Nicholls believes Clan Des Obeaux is”right in the combination” for the Christmas spectacular.
He added:”Clan Des Obeaux needed his first run last season – and, again, we have left plenty to operate on. He is in good shape, looks fantastic. He is a much better horse this year. I believe he’s bolstered up, therefore he will be place by a couple of pounds advancement .
“Kempton suits him well. They will go a true great gallop, (and) he could get a tow to the race. Hopefully he’ll be bang three out, and then we could observe what happens within the previous three fences.”