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    2018 JLT Novices

    Noticed that Ballyandy (seems like a forgotten horse) is entered on Thursday over 2m 4f.

    Suggests this race is his target?

    A couple of quotes of 20-1 floating about. Thoughts?

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    Senior Member Istabraq's Avatar
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    Big runner Innoko, assuming this is his target.
    I was surprised NTD only sent him over further than 2m the once last season and I was at Sandown that day when he failed by a short distance to get the better of Messire dex Obeaux who himself proved to be a top table performer.

    Ballyandy has speed too so I wouldn't rule out the Arkle and I would question how strong this years Arkle will be...

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    I am of the opinion the 2017 supreme first half dozen home will be worth following this forthcoming season.

    Hope i am right , invested already including Ballyandy ,he really impressed me and looks like this trip will bring out the improvement along with the fences required to be a player , big scopey beast.

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    I'll post something a bit more comprehensive I the next coupe of days but in short, this could be one of the best races of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Istabraq View Post
    Big runner Innoko, assuming this is his target.
    I was surprised NTD only sent him over further than 2m the once last season and I was at Sandown that day when he failed by a short distance to get the better of Messire dex Obeaux who himself proved to be a top table performer.

    Ballyandy has speed too so I wouldn't rule out the Arkle and I would question how strong this years Arkle will be...
    Thanks Ista.

    Interesting that Ballyandy who has run over 16f in ten of his eleven races, starts his chasing career over 20f.

    Flying Angel (NTD) started and won the same Perth race which Ballyandy runs in tomorrow. And in turn then ran in the JLT.

    Points to the JLT I guess. But like you say, the Arkle looks at this stage, weaker, and he doesn't lack speed at all.

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    Will be interesting to see how Ballyandy gets on over 20f on HEAVY!
    Could be a real test of stamina...

    We'll soon find out..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leman14 View Post
    Will be interesting to see how Ballyandy gets on over 20f on HEAVY!
    Could be a real test of stamina...

    We'll soon find out..
    Was very game to win that when Fagan got upsides

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    Not bad for a first run of the season.
    Conditions would have played more into Fagans hands and Ballyandy could have easily folded
    I'm sure that NTD will be happy enough

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    Looks like he needs the trip... Rules out the Arkle?

    Hills gone 33's...

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    I feel like this was the first race of the season. Last year for me it was Ballyandy and Moon Racer.... this year Ballyandy and Fagan. I do think Fagan is much more of a 3m+ horse, and Ballyandy has sprinted away when he has needed to, to get it done... so it wasn't anything to go crazy about on literal form.

    Ballyandy wasn't particularly fast over his fences, so I would be surprised if he ended up as an Arkle horse without brushing up (which OBVIOUSLY he is well entitled to do over his next few runs) but not many 2 milers in the past winners of the race to be fair so JLT looks pretty obvious at this stage - no way he'll want the trip this year either? As I said earlier/elsewhere I would have prefered him to run in the Neptune and I do feel quite confident they won't be lured towards the Arkle.

    I might have 1 pt at 33/1 for ther JLT (I see it has been cut to 14s in a place today!) with a view to trading out later in the season...

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