'I like that 16-1 shot for the Kim Muir' - Cheltenham hints of the weekend | Horse racing news - petsitterbank

‘I like that 16-1 shot for the Kim Muir’ – Cheltenham hints of the weekend | Horse racing news

By David Jennings, Deputy Editor of Ireland

Test day is usually not just a name and we probably saw strong signs of a festival in Cheltenham on Saturday, but there was strong action elsewhere, including Doncaster and Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Paisley Park stood out with their remarkable victory at Cleeve Hurdle despite losing a lot of ground at the start, while Stattler played favorites for the National Hunt Chase after a bold win at Naas on Sunday.

However, here are five less obvious Cheltenham clues that emerged from a wonderful weekend of action.


Gordon Elliott won the Kim Muir in 2020 with a horse that finished second in the 2m5½f beginner’s pursuit at Fairyhouse at the end of January, and I think he could do the same in 2022 with a horse that finished second in the same race.

Milan Native, the 2020 winner, chased Allaho at Fairyhouse, and Saturday Frontal Assault was second behind Blur and in form as if screaming for a travel leg.

All three Frontal Assault efforts over the fences were on inadequate trips – 2m3½f, 2m4½f, and 2m5½f. He needed every yard of the 3m journey when he won a Grade 3 over hurdles at Navan last season and 3m2f around Cheltenham should see it become his own.

Caroline Norris

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Front Assault: Could be dangerous in the Kim Muir with the 3m2f trip

Front Assault: Could be dangerous in the Kim Muir with the 3m2f trip

Caroline Norris

Given that Blurr is rated 136, Frontal Assault is likely to get a rating in the mid-130s and it could prove very handicapped in the Kim Muir. He is 16-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power and that seems invaluable to me.

You might not necessarily expect to see any festival cues in Sedgefield, but Anyharminasking strikes me as an ideal guy for the Martin Pipe and the 16-1 bet365 offers very generous looks.

He justified favoritism by odds in the 2m1f handicap hurdle in style for Jonjo O’Neill on a mark of 127. He won by five lengths but could have won by ten.

His claim to fame beats Constitution Hill from point to point and stepping up the journey should lead to further improvement in him.

Sunday’s win should see him climb into the upper 130s and that looks just about perfect for the Martin Pipe. It’s interesting that O’Neill hasn’t stepped it up while traveling yet. He could be waiting for the perfect moment to do so.

Judging by the festival markets, it looks like Kim Muir is Grand Paradis’ main focus after his unlucky second at Fairyhouse on Saturday, but I’m not sure he’s the beefiest and would love to see him in the Paddy Power Plate.

Grand Paradis is as short as the 8-1 favorite for the Kim Muir but I would much prefer the 25-1 available for the Paddy Power Plate. Sounds like his journey to me.

Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

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Gran Paradiso: the ideal trip could be in the Paddy Power Plate

Gran Paradiso: the ideal trip could be in the Paddy Power Plate

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He traveled as the best horse in the race in the first rookie chase at Fairyhouse over 2m5½f but was hampered in the last and had to settle for second place. The way he moved up to penultimate suggests he’s a pretty classy operator and one to keep on your side for a festival handicap. It remains unexposed and open to any improvement.

The Grade 3 Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse usually gives clues to the mares’ novice hurdle at the festival and Saturday was no different with Allegorie De Vassy now favorite after an emphatic victory.

The only reason this victory felt so strong was because co-favorite Brandy Love kept jumping hard left. There may be a deeper issue as to why she did this but going left around Cheltenham will be much more her cup of tea and I certainly wouldn’t bet against her reversal of form on Saturday with the winner, especially since she’ll be getting 3 pounds from her at Cheltenham.

It’s hard to believe she was only beaten by three and a half lengths considering how much ground she lost with her quirk at every hurdle.

Britzka is still my idea of ​​a Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner, but Champion Green is going to be a great player judging by what we saw of him at Naas on Sunday.

His jumps were better and he came through the race as he had learned from his past experiences. Joseph O’Brien knows what it takes to win the race having done so with Band Of Outlaws and he’s looking to have a top contender again.

Caroline Norris

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Champion Green: Sunday's winner could be a key player in the festival

Champion Green: Sunday’s winner could be a key player in the festival

Caroline Norris

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