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    2018 Mares Novice Hurdle

    Ainsi Va La Vie makes her hurdling debut at Galway tomorrow.

    Both Salsaretta and Dome have been given good mentions with this race in mind and there's an excellent post on the pair along with some other French recruits below. It's a long read but well worth it:

    https://frenchnhrecruitstofollow.weebly.com/

    (if you don't already i'd fully recommend following who wrote this on twitter: https://twitter.com/mufc_fan_saf)

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    Salsaretta


    With that above stat in mind, when choosing the sole Rich Ricci French recruit for the piece, it had to be one who'd ran over jumps and not over flat, which rules Winter Soldier out of being included who looks a nice type. For me, when it comes to Rich Ricci's recent French recruits who went over jumps, there's one who stands out way above the rest and it's not the Supreme Novices Hurdle antepost favourite, Annamix. It is the mare Salsaretta.
    Dame de Compagnie

    If I were to pick just one National Hunt horse Iím most looking forward to seeing race for the coming season, the beauty Dame de Compagnie would be at the top of my list. Thatís not to say necessarily she will be the best of these included in the piece as she has a fair few questions marks to answer. But what she displayed on her hurdling debut in October of last year at Auteuil, is everything I love when watching a horse and makes for an exciting proposition I can't wait to see race over these shores. Dame de Compagnie is another of J.P. Mcmanus' French 3yo recruits from last season and I think it's worth first looking into his French recruitment strategy as of late (skip to paragraph 4 if not interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Ainsi Va La Vie makes her hurdling debut at Galway tomorrow.

    Both Salsaretta and Dome have been given good mentions with this race in mind and there's an excellent post on the pair along with some other French recruits below. It's a long read but well worth it:

    https://frenchnhrecruitstofollow.weebly.com/

    (if you don't already i'd fully recommend following who wrote this on twitter: https://twitter.com/mufc_fan_saf)

    Some snippets:


    Salsaretta




    Dame de Compagnie
    Dame De Compagnie is my early selection for this race so that's good to read. I posted a fair bit about her on the other thread but this is a new update for me

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    Anyone impressed with that debut 3rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Ainsi Va La Vie makes her hurdling debut at Galway tomorrow.

    Both Salsaretta and Dome have been given good mentions with this race in mind and there's an excellent post on the pair along with some other French recruits below. It's a long read but well worth it:

    https://frenchnhrecruitstofollow.weebly.com/

    (if you don't already i'd fully recommend following who wrote this on twitter: https://twitter.com/mufc_fan_saf)

    Some snippets:


    Salsaretta




    Dame de Compagnie
    Jono, thanks for posting the links to two really informative and well constructed articles.

    Saint Calvados is 100/1 on BF for the Arkle! I’ve taken a little of that but strangely they wouldn’t give me the option to back it EW.
    They did the same for Shantou Rock.

    Apologies for discussing the Arkle on the Mares thread but it’s in relation to the links on this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brital View Post
    Jono, thanks for posting the links to two really informative and well constructed articles.

    Saint Calvados is 100/1 on BF for the Arkle! I’ve taken a little of that but strangely they wouldn’t give me the option to back it EW.
    They did the same for Shantou Rock.

    Apologies for discussing the Arkle on the Mares thread but it’s in relation to the links on this one
    Glad it's not just me that struggled to get e/way bets on with Betfair....criminal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplyOrDie View Post
    Glad it's not just me that struggled to get e/way bets on with Betfair....criminal!
    We must have them running scared CoD

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    Hopefully mystic theatre will beat Lesley dawn at the weekend I know they think alot of Lesley dawn at home, so it could workout to be a good yardstick to beat. If Lesley dawn wins then potts has a live chance in the mares novice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby91 View Post
    Hopefully mystic theatre will beat Lesley dawn at the weekend I know they think alot of Lesley dawn at home, so it could workout to be a good yardstick to beat. If Lesley dawn wins then potts has a live chance in the mares novice.
    Ruby rode Lesley Dawn to victory LTO which I find interesting, given the Mares' division usually revolves around Willie and Ruby, and there would be no questions as to where Ruby's loyalty's lie. He'll know how she compares with Willie's horses, though that's not to discount further improvement of course, but it is a guide for them to a degree.

    I expect Mystic Theatre to win at the weekend, and then either Salsaretta (most likely, given Ricci usually has one for this race, in the short time of its running) or Mystic Theatre to then take this race at Cheltenham.

    I am starting to think I should start doing cross doubles like I have done with many other races. After the passing of Fayonagh I haven't really bothered with this race, but I may have to start re-building a portfolio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplyOrDie View Post
    Ruby rode Lesley Dawn to victory LTO which I find interesting, given the Mares' division usually revolves around Willie and Ruby, and there would be no questions as to where Ruby's loyalty's lie. He'll know how she compares with Willie's horses, though that's not to discount further improvement of course, but it is a guide for them to a degree.

    I expect Mystic Theatre to win at the weekend, and then either Salsaretta (most likely, given Ricci usually has one for this race, in the short time of its running) or Mystic Theatre to then take this race at Cheltenham.

    I am starting to think I should start doing cross doubles like I have done with many other races. After the passing of Fayonagh I haven't really bothered with this race, but I may have to start re-building a portfolio.
    Mullins got so many for this race hard to know who's the one.
    Salsaretta
    Holiday winner
    Cut the mustard
    Ainsi va la vie
    Glens harmony
    Mystic theatre
    Pakora
    Shanning
    Don't hesitate
    Redhotfillypeppers

    Not sure if he trains seeyouatmidnight but I'd certainly assume so, with the new owner/ rider.

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    I like countister's form and experience in aqps races, but makes me wonder why she's had so many runs without going over hurdles as of yet.
    Cut the mustard is lightly raced and her form ties in with countister/ chambard, but she was receiving alot of weight from chambard for a close win. Countister has always been shorter odds than chambard when running against each other in France, and would just have the edge of the 2 for me in aqps races. However hurdles is a whole different discipline and will be interesting to see how they match up over here this year.
    Last edited by Scooby91; 10-31-2017 at 10:05 AM.

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