Brendan Powell: Present Rewards
Brendan Powell is just one away from equalling last season's tally and he has plenty to look forward to in the next fortnight.
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Firstly, it's been a tough week at Colin's yard after the news that Cue Card will have to miss the Cheltenham Festival through injury.
However, I'm sure the team will get him back before no time and although they are taking each day as it comes, and there are no firm plans, if all goes well in the next few weeks then Aintree might still be a possibility - we'll have to see how he gets on.
I've been a bit busy over the last few weeks so sorry there hasn't been an update for a while, but after a few more winners I'm now just one winner away from equalling my jumps tally from last season (35) - and we've still a few months to go!
A few weeks ago I rode a nice sort of Renee Robson's called Dawn Commander to victory in a 'jumpers bumper' at Kempton. He beat some decent-looking horses that day and this grey looks set to run again up at Doncaster on Saturday over hurdles - he could be one to look out for as I was really impressed with him and really pleased for the Nick Brown Racing connections, who own him.
Present View was another nice winner for me at Kempton last Saturday for Jamie Snowden and after winning that race will now get into a race at Cheltenham. He won by 10 lengths that day and, although he'll need to come on again being he's up 11lbs for that, I think he'll head to Prestbury Park with a really good chance.
He'll be going for the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap on the opening day and with eight of the last nine winners of that race winning last time out then we'll have that key trend on our side. He jumps and travels well and after costing a lot of money, he was always bought with the big festivals in mind and hopefully he can re-pay connections.
I'm not 100% sure where I'll be at the weekend yet, but one horse to look out for is my dad's Phantom Prince, who should will be heading to Newbury - he took a tumble last time out but seems none the worse for that and over this longer trip, where things won't be happening quite so fast, he could run a big race.
I'll be back next week with a proper look ahead to the festival, but Golden Chieftain, who won for me last year at Cheltenham remains on course.
Yes, a lot can still happen in the next week or so, but he seems very well and at around 25/1 for the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase on the opening day he could represent some value.
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