Vautour was a joy to watch, he destroyed a top class Ryanair field and laughed at his opponents. His jumping and the way the horse moved through the race took your breath away. I’m adamant he’s the most talented racehorse in training and would have won the Champion Chase if taking his chance in that. The bookies went odds against in the afternoon with plenty of 11-10 around, that was like finding money in the street and I hope you lumped on.
Thistlecrack was also very good indeed, he couldn’t be opposed on this seasons form and is the new Big Bucks. I hope connections keep him over hurdles as he would dominate the World Hurdle for a fair few years to come. The morning price of 11-8 was ridiculous and a gift from the bookies.
The racing so far this week has been vintage, I think we’ve seen some outstanding performances, let’s hope the final day can be as thrilling.
It’s been a fantastic week from a punting point of view with profits made each day of the meeting so far. For that reason I’ve not done much this afternoon and will let the bookies pay for a holiday and gladly sleep on a lumpy mattress.
I’ve backed Djakadam for the Gold Cup at 4-1 with a saver on Don Cossack at 3-1. My only other bet is On The Fringe in the Foxhunters at 11-4. That’s me done.
It’s hard to look past the top four in the Gold Cup betting, I ruled out Don Poli as I think he might get left behind on good ground, Cue Card although the going will help does have a stamina questions. The obvious two are Djakadam & Don Cossack.
With Vatour moving into the Ryanair I’ve come to the conclusion the Mullins camp must be very happy with Djakadam. The horse was 2nd last year at the age of 6 and won well over in inadequate two miles four in December before falling next time. The fall isn’t ideal but with Mullins, Ricci & Walsh in the form they are, and the horse a year older and stronger I’ve gone for him.
It was a close decision though. I think Don Cossack would have won the King George until he fell and he might just have more to come.
On The Fringe doesn’t need much explaining, if he’s in the same form as last year he’ll win the Foxhunters simple as that.