Rockers ready to roll in Neptune
Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson looks ahead to his rides on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, including Two Rockers.
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It is on to day two at the Cheltenham Festival and my first ride is Two Rockers in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
He has done nothing wrong and improved with every run. He is a lovely horse for the future and what he has done up to now is a bonus.
We did not expect him to be lining up in this race and it has surprised us how quickly he has developed - but it looks a very hot contest.
He stays well and won't mind the ground - although we could have done with a bit more juice in it to be fair. That said, I am hopeful of a big run.
He schooled on Saturday up on the grass and felt in good nick so we can do no more at home.
I ride Medinas in the Coral Cup and life is going to get tougher in these handicaps after his rise in the weights for winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.
It is a big ask as he is nearly off top weight and I am sure there are a few in the race that are on a better mark.
He has run well around Cheltenham before and the ground should not pose a problem so hopefully he will be competitive.
Mcvicar runs in the Fred Winter and he could be interesting.
He won his early juvenile races and was then tried at a better level so we thought that this race would be more suitable than the Triumph Hurdle.
He is better on better ground - hence his mid-winter break - and then had a spin on the Flat on the all-weather last month and finished sixth.
He has been schooling nicely and his work has been good so hopefully he can run a good race.
I can't see anything beating Sprinter Sacre from this side of the Irish Sea in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and his biggest rival looks to be Sizing Europe.
The latter seems in great form this year but barring anything totally unforeseen, I can't see Sprinter Sacre getting beaten.
Looking back on Tuesday, Cloudy Too ran well for a long way in the JLT Specialty Chase but arguably he had a lot of weight for what he has achieved.
The handicapper has probably been a bit harsh on him for his two wins and the ground was probably not soft enough and he was always in top gear.
He was just outside his comfort zone, although he jumped well in the main, but did miss a few fences when they got racing down the back.
He had run well for a long way but just was not good enough on the day.
I was unseated from Balder Succes three out in the Champion Hurdle. He has jumped well through the race again but was flat out from the start as they have gone a good solid gallop as you would expect.
Grandouet fell at the top of the hill and as we came through, he got up and I have got knocked off. The horse is fine and I am fine but unfortunately it is one of those things - wrong place at the wrong time!
It was hard to tell at the time where I may have finished but it could have been fifth or sixth and I would like to think he could have nicked some prize money.