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    Welcome to steepledan. Which one were you checking

  2. #22
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    Hard to believe White Star Line is still a novice !

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    Buckers Bridge (12), Carlito Brigante (12), Colour Squadron (12), Attaglance (steamer14), Alderwood (16), Shangani (16), The Druids Nephew (steamer16), Toner Doudairies (16), Vulcanite (16), Farrells Fancy (20), Garynella (20), Hazy Tom (20), Kapga de Cerisy (steamer20), Ohio Gold (steamer20), Opening Batsman (20), Sweeney Tunes (20), Sweet My Lord (steamer20), Arbeo (25), Ballypatrick (25), Bobowen (25)

  4. #24
    Buckers Bridge, Carlito & Alderwood will surely be over the 140 limit Attaagalance might not get in ? Had a go at it here ?

    http://www.fatjockey.com/cheltenham-...Contenders-134

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Vic View Post
    Buckers Bridge, Carlito & Alderwood will surely be over the 140 limit Attaagalance might not get in ? Had a go at it here ?

    http://www.fatjockey.com/cheltenham-...Contenders-134
    If you are right White Star Line would be cracking bet on better ground.Might go for owners race though ?

  6. #26
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    Dont think Opening Batsman qualifies...

    Hes in four handicaps there but this will rule him out of two, said Fry, admitting that winning such a big race a fortnight before the Festival slightly lifted the pressure of preparing Rock on Ruby for the defence of his Champion Hurdle title.

    Hes still in the JLT and Byrne Group and well see how he is reassessed by the Handicapper on Thursday. Its only a fortnight away and well let him tell us, but as far as we were concerned Saturday was the plan.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Old Vic View Post
    Buckers Bridge, Carlito & Alderwood will surely be over the 140 limit Attaagalance might not get in ? Had a go at it here ?

    http://www.fatjockey.com/cheltenham-...Contenders-134
    All in Vic ...White Star Line going for it too


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    ughes is planning to send up to seven runners to the Festival.

    High on the list are Action Master and Si C’Etait Vrai for the three-mile Pertemps Final.

    He will also saddle White Star Line in the novice handicap chase, over two miles, five furlongs.

  8. #28
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    However, having fallen at the last when leading in the Leopardstown Chase last time, Sweet My Lord has been allotted an extra 9lb over fences.

    That leaves him with 11st 12lb in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase – in which Saturday's Kempton winner Opening Batsman has been burdened with 12st 6lb – though he has just 10st 4lb in the Byrne Group Plate.

    At this stage, Mullins is responsible for the joint or sole top-weight in five of the 11 handicaps.

  9. #29
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    Harry Fry admits it is "doubtful" last weekend's Racing Plus Chase hero Opening Batsman will turn up at the Cheltenham Festival in a fortnight's time.

    The seven-year-old has gone up eight pounds in the weights after winning one of the most prestigious staying handicap chases of the season at Kempton, a hike his trainer believes is a "fair rise".

    Opening Batsman holds four entries at Prestbury Park but if he is to make the trip, he will contest either the JLT Specialty Chase or the shorter Byrne Group Plate.

    Fry is not prepared to ask his charge to carry a huge burden in either the Kim Muir or the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase.

    Fry said: "I think it's a fair rise and no decision has been made about whether he'll go to Cheltenham or not yet.

    "We'll let the horse tell us, see how he is and then make a decision next week.

    "The owners are still on cloud nine and living the dream after last Saturday, so we haven't had a proper discussion about it yet.

    "We were delighted with him last weekend and whether we want to throw him into another really competitive handicap in the space of three weeks, I'm not sure. It's probably doubtful at this stage, but we'll see.

    "The main thing is he has come out of Kempton in good form and there is always Aintree and Punchestown later on.

    "If he is to go to Cheltenham, he definitely won't be running in the novice handicap or the Kim Muir. He'd have to carry 12st 6lb and 12st 1lb (respectively) in those races and he won't be doing that.

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    Yeehaa
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    Cant believe the mark he got away with

    Gordon Elliott feels Carlito Brigante's previous experience of Cheltenham will stand him in good stead when he tackles the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase at the Festival.

    Winner of the Coral Cup in 2011, he also scored over fences there earlier this season as well as running well behind Dynaste in November.

    Due to the very wet winter and his preference for good ground, the seven-year-old has been limited to one all-weather start at Dundalk, but Elliott believes he is capable of running a big race.

    "We're very happy with him and he's had two very good runs at Cheltenham this year," Elliott told At The Races.

    "Obviously ground is the key to him, there has to be good in it and he likes Cheltenham.

    "The plan has been the novice handicap chase, we'll put cheek pieces on him, he's in good form and we're looking forward to it.

    "We sent him there (Cheltenham) earlier in the season for experience and he ran a very good race against Dynaste and was upsides at the second last, but we didn't knock him around when it was obvious he would be beat.

    "He's got loads of experience round there, which is important, and he seems to like it.

    "We sent him to Dundalk to wake him up a bit as he's a bit of an old pet around the place now so we just wanted to open him up.

    "We had him as a three-year-old. He's a Cheltenham winner so if he never did another thing he wouldn't owe us anything, but I'll be surprised if he's not in the money."

    Carlito Brigante is the general 8/1 favourite for the race on March 12.

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