17:30 Cheltenham Wed 13 March 2019
- Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1) (Class 1)
- 2m 87y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Favourite when winning a Galway bumper (narrowly) on his debut in October; not seen again until crashing through the rails at the finish of a Leopardstown Grade 2 (won by Envoi Allen). Rare enough runner for the owners in this, others appeal more.
Impressed when winning an Irish point-to-point (cost £280,000 after that); made all on his Rules debut when favourite for a Chepstow bumper (won 13L). Form of that race has suffered though (placed horses well beaten since); faces a tougher test here.
Reeled off three bumper wins so far (won't lack for experience) after winning his sole point-to-point by 10L. Given a tough test last time (held off the re-opposing Meticulous); looks to need a strong pace to bring his best; leading player.
Looks stable number two despite gaining two back-to-back wins at Wincanton defying a penalty last time; making all. Has had his wind tinkered with (prior to those wins)but will need to find more to score at this level based on the evidence so far.
Needed the experience when fifth in a strong Ascot bumper (form well franked) on debut before justifying favouritism in a weaker contest at Ffos Las on heavy ground. Not proven himself to be near this level as yet and plenty to prove.
Looks to have taken a step forward with every run and gained a second win on his CV with a C&D victory in November. He travelled well for his last win but hasn't been seen since (could have been put away for this); trainer won this in 2010.
Dam was twice placed in this and although he's been beaten twice since winning at Killarney last summer he's not out of those. Finishing fast and late when second to Envoi Allen last time (not suited by run of race); big chance with strong gallop.
Gives the trainer a good 1-2 punch in this race having improved with each run so far; strolled home by 15L last time when well supported at Thurles (barely off the bridle). Far from out of this and one to note for any further market confidence.
Looks to be one of the less likely types who went 0-4 in Irish point-to-points before being beaten in his first two bumpers. Shaped like a real stayer when getting off the mark at Chepstow (lead late on); will need a real test to be seen at best.
Hood goes on for the first-time having gained a decisive success on his debut at Ffos Los before having his limitations exposed in Listed company at Ascot. Well behind The Glancing Queen on that occasion; unlikely to be involved at the finish here.
Made a winning debut (pedigree full of winning newcomers) at Worcester in October; ran green but won readily. Built on his debut promise when second to Master Debonair over C&D last time (did best of those raced on the inside); absent since.
Successful on her sole point-to-point start she made an impressive start to life in bumpers sweeping to the front to win a C&D Listed mares' event. Found life tougher when taking on the boys in her only other start; may be the same story here.
One of only two four-year-olds in the field; sole representative from a stable that has won this on nine occasions. Created a big impression when winning his sole Rules start by 11L; just the second one of this age group the trainer has run in this.
Flat-bred who made a winning debut (front two clear) at Huntingdon. Reputation took a slight knock last time when beaten by a newcomer in a Listed event here over 1m6f. May find this test a little too much at this stage of his career.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: Ms K Walsh|
Envoi Allen (2/1), Blue Sari (7/2), Ask For Glory (13/2), Meticulous (7/1), Sempo (12/1), Master Debonair (12/1), Abacadabras (14/1), Thyme Hill (20/1), The Glancing Queen (20/1), Flic Ou Voyou (33/1), Cascova (66/1), Jelski (66/1), Some Detail (100/1), Thor De Cerisy (100/1)
- Blue Sari
- Envoi Allen
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