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  1. #21
    I don't understand why people think a two and a half mile grade 1 hurdle would be a good addition. It's ideal for the powerful owners and trainers but it's the racegoer who'd be missing out on some big clashes. For example, The New One v Faugheen v Hurricane Fly certainly wouldn't have happened.

    Getting back to the Ryanair though - surely UDS take all the beating again this season, especially if the hose pipes are turned on again on the Wednesday night.

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    FM - I think having taken the plunge in the chase division by not doing it for hurdlers they've created an inconsistency....

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    FM - I think having taken the plunge in the chase division by not doing it for hurdlers they've created an inconsistency....
    They certainly have, but two wrongs don't make a right. Odds on favourites and small field championship races will be common place if the dilution continues.

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    Interesting from the Tizzard stable tour regarding Fox Norton: "He will go for his second crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham after being beaten only a head in the race last March. He will take in the Shloer and the Tingle Creek and he will be given an entry in the King George too just in case the other horses don’t run there. The only time we stepped up in trip was at Aintree and he ran superb to win the Melling Chase over two and a half miles. He is a very classy horse and we will start at two miles but if gets beat a few times we will step him up in trip."

    Not even a 'might' it's almost definite and there he is sitting as short as 7/2 favourite for the Ryanair!

    I always take trainers/jockeys/owners comments with a pinch of salt but I also believe Colin Tizzard to be one of the most genuine I have listened to and indeed met.

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    My understanding is that Potts wants to go for the CC and he has no interest in the Ryanair at all, despite Tizzard being sure he'd be better up in trip. Tizzard thinks FN could be a King George horse but won't get to test it unless anything happens to Sizing John.

    I could find all the quotes but I'm sure you believe me

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    And Potts generally calls the shots I believe?

    In which case it makes the Ryanair price somewhat bizarre, I also don't feel he should be that short even if he was running in this race tbh!

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    I thought about Top Notch for this race after his effort behind Yorkhill and ahead of Disko last year... and I saw Hendo say he hopes he could turn into a Ryanair contender..... but 16/1 is pretty skinny. Just less than double that on the exchange. Not a bet at this stage for me but I do really like the horse.

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    Does Road to Respect have a history of jumping quite violently to the left like he did today?

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