Friday the 3rd of November and it’s the return of Samcro….. Quite possibly the most hyped National Hunt horse in recent times, and to be fair he delivered the good last season and takes his first step towards a tilt at the 2019 Champion Hurdle.
His expected participation along with the suggestion from Team Mullins that Laurina is also being aimed at the Champion along with the returning 1st and 2nd from last season, could see a cracking contest come March. Not to mention our Ten To Follow entry Summerville Boy, who we’re very keen on this season.
Plenty of other little whispers in the last week or so, none more so interesting than the suggestion that Footpad may step up in trip this season with the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day as a real possibility… For those of you that were with us for the Cheltenham Festival Notebooks from last season will know how that excites us!!!
Cheltenham Notebook Extract: Arkle Chase:
Footpad benefitted from the suicidal pace set but still won with his head in his chest. He is screaming King George as he looks sure to improve further when stepping up in trip.
Whilst we won’t advise an Ante Post Bet at this stage, if he does go to Kempton, the 10/1 currently available could look pretty big!!
It’s also Breeders Cup weekend swiftly followed by the Melbourne Cup.
Whilst we’re unlikely to be advising a bet for either meeting, we will be watching with great interest and cheering on the home challenge. Of those, Expert Eye in the Mile race, Wild Illusion in the Filly and Mare race and of course Enable all look to hold pretty fair claims.
They are forecast some rain, so well worth a weather check if you are betting.
As for the “Race That Stops A Nation” it looks like the UK brigade hold a really strong challenge with Yucatan heading the market, which based on his form in England and Ireland would be a surprise, but he was breathtaking when winning at Caufield a few weeks ago. With Magic Circle, Cross Counter, Cliffs of Moher, Best Solution and Muntahaa all near the top of the market, we almost have a stranglehold on the race… It could well be another blank in their Big Race again for the Aussies..
Plenty of cracking action on our shores this weekend as well with Ascot holding a really good card on Saturday along with the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby… The jumps season is very much FULL STEAM AHEAD…