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    It is certainly possible and even if he is just equally effective over 3 miles he'll take some beating ..... I just think the race is a bit tough for novices and when you've got a horse with plenty of speed for the Neptune, I'd stick to that. i thought the same for Barters hill last year, sometimes it's best to stick to the shorter distance and have the stamina be an asset than up the distance and have the horses stamina be really stretched.

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    Another impressive performance by Death Duty and it looks like he'll improve for a step up in distance. 3/1 looks a slight over reaction to me though.

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    cant believe Death Duty wouldnt be aimed at the Neptune after that, I agree with you Duke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billymag View Post
    cant believe Death Duty wouldnt be aimed at the Neptune after that, I agree with you Duke.
    Would the trainer comments about him being an Albert Bartlett horse not put you off? I'm only on DD "in any race" so doesn't matter so much but for any future multiples etc... I'd lean towards the AB, following the odds aand trainer comments?

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    Death Duty gallops, stays and quickens at the end, the AB is ideal and he wins it.

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    Yes even though its not what i would do, seems very likely that AB is the target. Still think he will have a really good chance of winning so not a crazy decision by the owners/trainer, and they could have blow by blow for the neptune as well so there is that too. Wherever DD goes, ill be keeping him on side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billymag View Post
    cant believe Death Duty wouldnt be aimed at the Neptune after that, I agree with you Duke.
    Although the Neptune distance of 2m 5f is closer to 3m than 2m, it is invariably won by speedy types who subsequently go on to compete over 2m in the future. Looking at the recent winners: Yorkhill, Windsor Park, Faugheen, The New One, and Simonsig, they were mainly speedier types rather than stayers. On good ground at Cheltenham I could see something being a bit too quick for Death Duty personally even though it might be a weaker renewal this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackieMoon33 View Post
    Although the Neptune distance of 2m 5f is closer to 3m than 2m, it is invariably won by speedy types who subsequently go on to compete over 2m in the future. Looking at the recent winners: Yorkhill, Windsor Park, Faugheen, The New One, and Simonsig, they were mainly speedier types rather than stayers. On good ground at Cheltenham I could see something being a bit too quick for Death Duty personally even though it might be a weaker renewal this year.
    Agree with all of that. Death Duty likely to be RSA and Gold Cup horse in future so the AB does look the obvious race. As Jackie says, good ground will against him over the shorter trip - just because it will suit speedier horses far more.

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    Is it wrong that i'm already lining up in my head how much and often i'll be backing Death Duty for the RSA 2018?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Is it wrong that i'm already lining up in my head how much and often i'll be backing Death Duty for the RSA 2018?
    I went to Exeter with a mate one year and we saw Denman win his fencing debut, he was straight on the machine checking prices not for that seasons RSA (which he won) but the follwoing years Gold Cup.
    I think he snapped up some 33s.
    I stood next to the same mate at Cheltenham the day he won his RSA and he was back on the machine taking 8/1 for the Gold Cup.
    He did OK out of Denman that mate !

    So no Jono, it's not wrong in any way to dream....

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