This weekend Cheltenham stages its biggest meeting outside of the Festival, the Paddy Power Open meeting.
The top trainers will have a squad ready for this meeting and we will start to see a pecking order develop of where we are for the season in terms of novices. I haven’t seen any performance I would class as outstanding yet but I’m sure by Sunday night I will have a whole list of horses that will produce winners.
Nicholls and Henderson our top trainers have had relatively quiet starts to the season by their extremely high standards and both will be looking to stamp their authority on the season this weekend.
Nicholls is in a season of transition with many of his big guns retired or out injured but make no mistake he still has a massive squad of big money horses at his disposal and could well be set for a big weekend. Henderson is the more laid back character of the two but he will be keen to start putting plenty of winners on the board before he starts sending his really big guns out.
The success story of the year so far is Jonjo O’Neil whose team have been in sensational form with many ridden by AP of course and it’s this team that have the Ante Post fave for Saturdays big race The Paddy Power Gold Cup in the shape of Johns Spirit currently 6/1 across the board. Johns Spirit was impressive winning here recently but this represents a major step up in grade. He certainly deserves to be fave though given the form of connections and it will take a good one to beat him. He looks rock solid each way at 6/1.
I say this every big meeting but you must make note of good performances at this meeting because winners will flow from it. At Stable Line Gold we are riding high in he monthly table and we have some massive gambles lined up for the meeting. Join us and be part of the action.
Back next Thursday.