Fascinating to read Andy Bell’s diary yesterday (not a phrase that The Don often says) where he claimed I fluked the Cheltenham Challenge by only winning one of the days.
I realise his tactic is to rile and as Penny says there’s an air of desperation about the guy, he is like the Football Fan who says you won the game but we won on corners! He can have as many side bets as he wants by the way fool and his money and all that .
But before I dispose of him at Cheltenham lets talk about a fascinating days racing at Kempton where Rocky Creek for some put himself right into the Grand National picture. I’m not so sure it was impressive but I remember at Aintree last year blatantly he didn’t stay and it’s rare that anyone can change that. He is a big tank of a horse though and I wonder if he could be a King George horse for next Xmas.
Easter Day is becoming a regularly unlucky horse and he pulled up again yesterday injured. I’m afraid I’ve given him a lot of chances now and though a huge talent he has become one to avoid. Irish Saint became the other Nicholls winner and whilst he looked impressive the second Melodic Rendezvous didn’t get home so it may have flattered as form. He won’t be going to Cheltenham I was told and will possibly go handicapping against older horses.
The real star for me was Days of Heaven for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty. He has plenty of temperament and my worry would be what a Festival crowd would do to him but boy is he a potential star. The way he hurdles and travels scream Champion and I would be reluctant to oppose him wherever he pitches up. His future lies over fences but there are big hurdles to be won with him and Henderson and connections were grinning like Cheshire cats afterwards. The Nicholls team like the second a great deal and Geraghty had his measure a long way out.
Today is a dreadful fare but in the Southwell 2.30 Venetia should finally get a win out of Russborough 11/8 with Coral. He was a good second last time and the rest of them here are modest shall we say.
We are heading towards the Festival and you need the right advisor on your side, Trust in the Don.
From the Notebook – Ones to watch from a genuine On Course Pro.
Days of Heaven
This horse has the looks and the presence to be a Champion. With Henderson having so many good juvenile hurdlers this lad may just go in under the radar. There’s talk of a trip to Punchestown. His action screams better ground so that may be perfect
Have a great Sunday and if you want to take your betting to a Professional level then always Trust in the Don.
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don