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    Staying chases so pretty sure it's the RSA for Bellshill. Fits in well with other horses too as no major clash.

    I do agree that Altior looks to be the horse with the most potential and there's definite question marks over Yorkhill though I actually think it was pretty unbelievable his Aintree win. He did everything you wouldn't want a horse to do in that race but still managed to win. I was on a heft treble with Douvan and Thistlecrack that day and walked out the room as I thought it was shot. Also Townend did a great job that day and is a great jockey but I do feel that Ruby would have done a better job covering him up.

    Punchestown I think was just a long season with Aintree taking a hell out of him at a trip too short. All his hurdle runs before that were over 20f bar the Tolworth and that was shocking ground so can't be considered a true 2miles.

    But yes, I'm on the Altior/Yorkhill Arkle/JLT double and less theres definitely a lot less confidence in this race on that bet. Far more open this race as well for likely challengers as theres a fair few horses that could switch between the RSA and this race (Aux Ptits Soins, Barters Hill) where as I think the Arkle will be more straightforward

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    Waiting for Altior to jump like Grandouet now

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    More Henderson possibles ...

    Henderson’s novice chase crew will be further strengthened if Buveur D’Air – third to Altior in the Sky Bet-sponsored Supreme and a Grade 1 winner at Aintree’s Grand National meeting – also makes the move to fences.That decision has not yet been made but the five-year-old will be schooled over fences at home, possibly when new owner JP McManus’s retained rider Barry Geraghty returns from injury.

    “He has the size and scope to jump fences but could still be a very high-class hurdler,” said Henderson.
    “He’s come back in looking bigger and stronger and has an enormous future whichever road we choose to take. Apart from Altior and possibly Buveur D’Air, we have a very big and talented squad of high-class hurdlers who are now due to switch to chasing.

    “Days Of Heaven has already won a novice chase and is heading for the American Grand National, but the likes of Top Notch, who isn’t overly big, has already schooled very well, as have Graded hurdlers Different Gravey, O O Seven and Brain Power. Whisper, twice a winner of the Grade 1 Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle, could also join the party.

    “Other talented performers Laurium, Beware The Bear, Gold Present, Might Bite and Kilcrea Vale are also set to make the transition, whereas Theinval and Hammersly Lake have already won their first novice chase.”

    Interestingly, four-year-olds Fixe Le Kap and Protek Des Flo are other possibles for the switch to fences.Henderson added: “They’re lovely, big horses, who love soft ground. These are smart juvenile hurdlers facing a difficult season over the small obstacles, but being precocious four-year-olds might as well get on with chasing now.”

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    I have backed Barters Hill for this each way at 25/1, I will back him in RSA should they choose that nearer time

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    I can't believe there's not been more interest in Flying Angel's facile success at Perth last week. I thought he looked ready made for fences the way he jumped and travelled, albeit he didn't have a huge amount to beat, he did it well.

    Given how progressive he was over hurdles last season I think the 25s available on him now are good value as as long as he turns up he'll be near the head of the market for the JLT. Or am I just over reacting to the fact proper racing is back

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayo View Post
    Waiting for Altior to jump like Grandouet now
    Don't you curse it

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    Flying Angel flew under my radar... There is usually a recency bias isn't there like you eluded too. Works both ways though, when we see some more, we should remember form from earlier on and be sure not to under-rate it!

  8. #18
    An impressive round of jumping by Diamond King. He's going to be a force over fences. Taken the 12/1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faugheen_Machine View Post
    An impressive round of jumping by Diamond King. He's going to be a force over fences. Taken the 12/1
    Any chance he will go RSA FM ?

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    I wouldn't have thought he'd be an RSA horse myself. In fact I'd be more worried that he turns out to be a Ryanair horse. He'll be 9 next year and if he impresses this side of Christmas it may tempt the owners to aim for the bigger prize come march.

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