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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplyOrDie View Post
    Hey guys,

    It's that time already, I know some of you guys have been contributing since this years festival and some very good thoughts/opinions already, of which has got me having a look at the early markets.

    Just wondered if anyone knows the likely route for Next Destination this season, has anything been said about chasing? And how confident are we that chasing is the route he goes? Because I think he could be a dark horse for the Champion Hurdle.

    Similarly campaigned to Faugheen, before he reverted back to 2m for the Champion Hurdle, I think the general consensus is that the Ballymore was a classier race than the Supreme, in which case support for Summerville Boy, as many have said on here, would mean ND shouldn't be written off, should he go down this route.

    Generally looked a stayer, but his turn off foot over the shortest distance he raced over last season was phenomenal, albeit against fairly weak opposition, though Paloma Blue was in the line up that day, this was also his biggest winning distance of all the races hes contested last season. I can see him adopting the same tactics as Faugheen, going off in front and using that turn of foot at the bottom of the hill to put the race to bed. Willie may also run Melon, as the pace ND sets up would suit him too, so could be double handed against BD, what with the novice chase department looking hot this coming season too.

    Edit: The argument for Topofthegame has got me running to back him too, very solid, and the thoughts of the trainer and the jockeys who have ridden him to date is very positive also.
    Good to see you back COD

    I’m a very big fan of Next Destination and maintain he should’ve run (and won) the Albert Bartlett last year - though I did think Cracking smart would overturn the form if they’d have clashed over 3m.

    I’m on Next destination for any race and also the RSA as he seems the Mullins type to me.

    I’d be absolutely staggered if he runs in the Champion Hurdle let alone wins it. He screams 3 miles to me.

    Have to agree about the novice chasers this year being a top bunch. I think it’ll be a very interesting season for all three of the big Cheltenham novice chases. Even the NH Chase could have an above average field I’d say.

    Lots to look forward to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middle_Of_March View Post
    Good to see you back COD

    I’m a very big fan of Next Destination and maintain he should’ve run (and won) the Albert Bartlett last year - though I did think Cracking smart would overturn the form if they’d have clashed over 3m.

    I’m on Next destination for any race and also the RSA as he seems the Mullins type to me.

    I’d be absolutely staggered if he runs in the Champion Hurdle let alone wins it. He screams 3 miles to me.

    Have to agree about the novice chasers this year being a top bunch. I think it’ll be a very interesting season for all three of the big Cheltenham novice chases. Even the NH Chase could have an above average field I’d say.

    Lots to look forward to
    Quote Originally Posted by Middle_Of_March View Post
    Good to see you back COD

    I’m a very big fan of Next Destination and maintain he should’ve run (and won) the Albert Bartlett last year - though I did think Cracking smart would overturn the form if they’d have clashed over 3m.

    I’m on Next destination for any race and also the RSA as he seems the Mullins type to me.

    I’d be absolutely staggered if he runs in the Champion Hurdle let alone wins it. He screams 3 miles to me.

    Have to agree about the novice chasers this year being a top bunch. I think it’ll be a very interesting season for all three of the big Cheltenham novice chases. Even the NH Chase could have an above average field I’d say.

    Lots to look forward to
    Thanks MOM.

    Yeah, I must admit, as per what seems the general consensus, I expect ND to go chasing, however, something is bringing me back to the Champion Hurdle, probably because his turn of foot reminds me so much of Faugheen up the hill. I do honestly think more positive tactics would see ND in better light over a shorter distance, whether that be hurdling or chasing.

    I had noted his 3m Grade 1 win, but for me that was Grade 1 in name only, time will tell but I feel the 3m hurdling division of last season was a pretty average standard.

    One thing I don't believe he is, is slow, he was 3 lengths off the ill fated Fayonagh in the champion bumper in 2017 and everyone was ready to back her until they could no longer before she unfortunately lost her life.

    His pedigree does say to me he needs a trip, however.

    So tough at this very early stage, but I've taken a small amount of the 33's for the Champion Hurdle at this stage, as I won't be backing him over any of the chase races at his current prices.

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    Might Bite very likely to take on the Betfair Chase this year on way to his main first target of The King George, I can only find 14/1 for him to win the 1mil bonus which is not terribly exciting was hoping for at least 20/1. They intend on running him more this year and intend to also get a prep into him after the KG and before another go at the Gold Cup (dependent on fitness).

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    Quote Originally Posted by billymag View Post
    Might Bite very likely to take on the Betfair Chase this year on way to his main first target of The King George, I can only find 14/1 for him to win the 1mil bonus which is not terribly exciting was hoping for at least 20/1. They intend on running him more this year and intend to also get a prep into him after the KG and before another go at the Gold Cup (dependent on fitness).
    I think if one of those was to escape him it would be the Betfair Chase.
    Every chance of a Haydock bog which plays into the hands of a Bristol de Mai or Native River...

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