Matchbook’s Micheál Deasy was in fine form on Day 3 and is looking to lock up a profitable festival with eight selections for Gold Cup day!
Goshen has won his last seven races (flat and jumps) by an aggregate total of 96 lengths. That’s an average of just under 14 lengths a race!!
None of those races would have been near this standard but you would have to suspect he is a bit of a flying machine.
He doesn’t need to front-run here and should be able to capitalise on the inevitable pace collapse in what looks sure to be a furiously run race.
Willie Mullins is always worth following in this race and it is very interesting that his unexposed hurdler Saint Roi lines up here instead of the less competitive Martin Pipe for which he was entered and prominent in the betting. He went down to Tramore on the same day Al Boum Photo had his prep race and bolted up.
He has already been backed which is always a good sign for horses in these colours.
Sir Valentine finished a barnstorming 4th in the Betfair Hurdle, a nose behind Ciel De Neige. He is three times the price and is after sneaking in here at the bottom of the handicap. Well worth a small win and chunky place bet.
How many horses that have placed in the Welsh National have run in the Albert Bartlett?
I don’t know either but I think the one running today has a great chance.
Ramses De Teilee has been reinvented as a hurdler this season and is unbeaten in three runs. Experience is the key to finding the winner of this race (most years) and he has more than most of the field combined.
Any rain will be a huge help but he doesn’t need it to be a bog and I think he is a cracking bet.
Delta Work has the form in the bag already this season in Ireland and drying ground will be a massive help to him. He has been in excellent festival form and his trainer is having a great week.
He can keep the Gold Cup in Ireland for another year.
Paloma Blue has always been a high-class horse for Henry DeBromhead, finishing 4th in the Supreme two years ago and has mainly run at the top level since. He made his handicap chase debut at the Dublin Racing Festival and was unlucky not to win He was bumped jumping the last and that took away his momentum.
He should have a lot more class than the majority of this field and can provide a second 2 mile chase winner this week for this jockey/trainer combo.
Front View seems to have this at his mercy but he could be a very short price by the time the race goes off so I’m going to look at some bigger priced runners.
The Bosses Oscar has finished in the front two in all four races of his short career. He gave Blue Sari a fright in his first run over hurdles and the third placed horse from that day has since moved to David Pipe and bolted up on debut. He arrives here having been beaten by a smart horse in Thurles who finished a nose behind Front View next time.
The Bosses Oscar looks to be another hurdler with a few lbs up his sleeve for Gordon Elliot and he can go very close here.
Doctor Duffy made the journey to Cheltenham for the first meeting of the season in October and was very well backed to win but could only manage fourth. He went close at Cork 9 days later before being given a break and running in two Pertemps Qualifiers this spring. He has had a gentle time of it in those two races and rocks up here only 1lb higher than his run in October.
His trainer almost landed a touch with Thosedaysaregone in the Coral Cup and any market support for this fella would be well worth following.
- 13.30 – Goshen (6.4) – 1pt Win
- 14.10 – Saint Roi (8.0) – 1pt Win
- 14.10 – Sir Valentine (29.0) – 0.5pt Win, 0.5pt Place
- 14.50 – Ramses De Teilee (14.5) – 1pt Win, 1pt Place
- 15.30 – Delta Work (9.8) – 1pt Win
- 16.50 – Paloma Blue (14.0) – 0.5pt Win, 0.5pt Place
- 17.30 – The Bosses Oscar (14.0) – 0.5pt Win, 0.5pt Place
- 17.30 – Doctor Duffy (40.0) – 0.5pt Win, 0.5pt Place