Cheltenham Festival 2018

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I would just like to start by saying well done to all connections and  Ballabriggs for a fantastic performance in winning the Grand National.  Jason Maguire gave the Donald McCain trained runner a great ride and as far as I could see he only had one little scare the whole way round and apart from that he was awesome at his fences. He appeared to be a little wobbly after crossing the line due to exertions but I was glad to hear he had soon recovered when back in the stables.  It was wonderful for Donald to win the great race after the families long association with the race and he seems like a nice really nice chap.  Oscar Time and Sam Waley-Cohen came to challenge on the long run in but could not get past and Don't Push It ran another fine race to finish third carrying top weight.  I do hope all the winning connections were enjoying some celebrations last night!  I am pleased to report that all of our runners came back from Aintree safe and sound. 

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David got off the mark at Aintree with Battle Group yesterday.  Barry Geraghty took over on board after poor Tom Scudamore was injured earlier in the day.  Tom unfortuantely dislocated his shoulder when The Giant Bolster fell and will of course be out of action for a few weeks.  Get well soon Tom!  Tom was due to partner Or Noir De Somoza in the Grand National and he will now be partnered by Barry Geraghty.  Dan Breen will now be ridden by Jason Maguire at Aintree in the Novices' chase and our only runner on Sunday, Bathwick Quest will now have Conor O'Farrell in the saddle.  Battle Group was winning his fifth and biggest race of the season after running a fine race in the Coral Cup at the Festival last month.  He is a sometimes quirky character but a very talented one and it was great to see him win such a valuable contest, we certainly wouldn't mind a few more horses like him! 

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The horses ran creditably yesterday at Aintree with Grands Crus in particular putting up a gallant performance in defeat against the mighty Big Buck’s. The winner is surely one of the finest staying hurdlers for some time and to be clear second best to him is no mean achievement. Indeed, we were all thrilled with him and we went to celebrate with part owner Roger Stanley in the bar afterwards. Grands Crus is clearly a tip-top staying hurdler and will be a really exciting prospect when sent over fences.

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Well, at last it is the start of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree - all of the National Hunt stars will be out in force over the coming few days, and what a way to kick off proceedings than with Big Buck's versus Grands Crus rematch?  It should certainly be an exciting contest and let's hope that both contenders give their true running and provide us with another race to remember.  I think the track will suit our charge, although he would still appreciate a softer surface to show his very best form.  I am sure that Big Buck's will be beaten one day, it would just be nice if it was our fellow that was able to do it...remember Cheltenham form is often turned on it's head come Liverpool - either way, I can't wait to find out!

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I cannot wait to see the rematch of Big Bucks and Grands Crus at Aintree tomorrow.  It will very tough to call the winner as Big Bucks has already won three times at the track and is an exceptional horse.  I think Grands Crus will like the track.  Remember, he has won at Haydock a flat left handed track and it is just a shame he is around when one of the best staying hurdlers of recent years is about.  I am sure Big Bucks will get beaten one day, what about tomorrow?!  Fingers crossed that both horses turn up in top form and provide another great race like they did at Cheltenham and most importantly return safe and sound which is the main thing.

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Following yesterday's confirmation stage for the Grand National, unsurprisingly most of the field (65) have stood their ground.  We will have three runners in the big race on Saturday: Or Noir de Somoza, Comply Or Die and Piraya, while we have two further entries, Faasel and Junior.  Junior is actually our shortest priced horse in the race, but he needs nineteen to come out before he will get a run and there is next to no chance of that happening...what a story it would be if he could win at Royal Ascot, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National?!

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It was another good day for the yard on Saturday when E Street Boy and Dan Breen completed an across the card double at Chepstow and Uttoxeter.  E Street Boy was completing a quick-fire hat-trick under jockey of the moment Conor O'Farrell,  having scored in facile style at Wincanton, Hereford and Chepstow within the space of six days.  I would imagine that the handicapper will take a dim view of his recent run of success and will reassess his handicap mark tomorrow.  In the meantime he has several entries this week and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him turn out again quickly if everything is okay.

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