Cheltenham Festival 2016

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  1. red flash says:

    mike n ive no chance just nice to be in top half for a change lol

  2. kj says:

    disagree Mike, shoulda taken more care of him and thought about winning later.
    Flying Angel finish.

  3. Mike N says:

    all about opinions kj as they say.

  4. Mike N says:

    .wd winners

  5. kj says:

    CC coulda won afterall ;)

  6. kj says:

    gotta free bet in the last then,…any fancies?

  7. kj says:

    gone greedy with odds again and repeat bet for Crispy again.
    Just watched Pendleton again, she hardly moved on Pacha while everyone else was pushing from 3 out, the horse was very clever and did it himself really ;) coulda won!

  8. kj says:

    Greens are rather planted at the start, hope thats a sleeping Lacdoudal sign ;)

  9. kj says:

    hampered and mistake… pull him up hey

  10. Mike N says:

    nearly from dandridge ;)

  11. kj says:

    indeed Mike and very confusing similarity with Crispy silks.

  12. kj says:

    I see you and a few others backed both out of luck spotted silks, oh well.

  13. Mike N says:

    had a good day. 3 wins. 2 places at double figure prices. good week all round actually. :D

    the main horses that let me down were the ones that didnt run. ;)

    wd if you found a winner or 3. a great week.

  14. sampy says:

    If Don Poli couldn’t go the pace why is lined up at the back? He lines up where he intends to race. Looks intentional to me

  15. TheRascal says:

    I got 3/1 at Hills this morning and some AP somewhere on line. This was my bet for Cheltenham so I’m a bit drunk now. Xx

  16. Mike N says:

    i suppose i better do the scores and see whether ive regained the crown or whether we have a new champ. ;) ….

  17. kj says:

    I am standing in the clubhouse with the green jacket ;)

  18. Mike N says:

    well done to the winner and thanks all for taking part. results below…

    Cheltenham Competition 2016 – Final Table

    Mike N 42
    mike campo 40
    red flash 38
    mandie 38
    marko 37
    Corbiere 37
    galileo 32
    sling-shot 30
    TheRascal 29
    Gizmogirl 28
    National Punter 28
    Jackie 27
    Seven Towers 27
    Lucky Vane 25
    MR 23
    Pollyowls 22
    coate_rj 20
    baggy 12

  19. kj says:

    I think I should congratulate you, not you congratulating yourself!

    WELL DONE MIKE N!!!
    wins from the front! setting the early pace and then fighting back for the lead goes on to win well………placing green jacket on your shoulders now :D or does someone want a recount heehee ;)

  20. Mike N says:

    cheers kj.
    there were 6 in with chances going in to the last race. close battle all the way. Dandridge’s late burst won the day for me.

  21. Seven Towers says:

    Well the overriding thoughts of today is that Coneygree is still the best staying chaser. I just hope beyond hope they can get him back next season to confirm that. Just imagine the possible Gold Cup next year. Don Cossack, Djackadam, Blaklion, Shaneshill, Black Hercules, Cue Card, Coneygree, Thistlecrack, Vautour, Killultagh Vic, More Of That, Bristol De Mai, Valseur Lido maybe even Vroum Vroum but I doubt that last one.

    Coneygree to come back and put these six figure ******* in their place next year. If you will it, it can happen again!!!

    On to Aintree and Ballydine’s moment of glory!

  22. Mike N says:

    both don cossack and coneygree will be 10 next year. cue card is 10. only 1 horse in the last 20 years older than 9 has won the gold cup. kauto star fell in the GC as a 10 year old too just like Cue Card.
    so will be difficult.

  23. mike campo says:

    I’m totally distraught and frustrated but have sank a few beers now, just to calm myself.
    Like in the King George, I thought Paddy Brennen had Cue Card too far back in the early part of the race. Cue Card likes to bowl along on the pace at his own, high cruising speed and like me, probably felt frustrated that Paddy had managed to get him trapped behind a wall of horses with nowhere to go. Unfortunately, like in the King George, Cue Card then rushed himself when given his head. In the King George, he also blundered at that stage ( last fence ) when Vauteur was allowed to get the first run on him but just about got away with it but this time he unfortunately didn’t and suffered his first fall of his career.
    With a more positive, confident ride, I think he would have won and would be very surprised if he hadn’t at least finished in the first three but unfortunately we’ll never know now.
    Paddy, fortune favours the bold, and you should have trusted in Cue Card’s ability and ridden him more confidently.
    Sorry but I had to get that off my chest !

  24. kj says:

    Spoil sport Mike ;) dreams can come true! Coneygree first novice in what 42yrs? I wouldn’t put it past him winning at 10… gotta get there first.
    If CC hadn’t fallen…. ahhhh. I’d be interested to see what other people think here and if I am the only one blaming Paddy (to some extent) for pushing him too quickly when there was no need.

  25. mike campo says:

    Well Done Mike.
    I don’t usually get involved in the Daily tipping contests and this was the first time I did the Chelts one, but good fun and thanks for your efforts in promoting,calculating and publishing it all.

  26. mike campo says:

    kj, I’m with you.
    Paddy screwed up and AP McCoy was better when he said nothing !

  27. Seven Towers says:

    Yeah big thanks to Mike N. Fancy doing an Aintree one too?

    Coneygree is a freak horse. Age shouldn’t be a problem for him. The family seem to get better with age and he has so few miles on the clock. The other possible GC horse for next year that I haven’t mentioned who has been out all season is Many Clouds’ half brother The Tullow Tank. Not sure what’s happened to him.

  28. Seven Towers says:

    The one thing I didn’t like once again was the Jenny Pitmanesque spoilers sent out by Mullins. It was well documented that Paddy Mullins’ main aim last year when riding On His Own was to upset the rhythm of Coneygree. They tried a very similar tactic with Barters Hill today by sending a horse they knew couldn’t beat him to upset his rhythm in Up For Review. It cost both camps in the end.

  29. kj says:

    oops,. didn’t refresh, musta felt your strong report coming in Mike Campo!
    certainly ended up kinda trapped behind a wall after being too far back. Paddy didn’t exactly try to hold him together moving through they just went reckless, for no reason. I wonder what was going through his head at that point.. got ahead of himself, thinking he had a tank of horse left! and failed to recognise CCs earlier fences not great.
    Well done on your runners up spot first time, it is tough as is cheltenham week, did I win as a novice last yr? I think so, can be done Mike N ;) nearly killed me, but can be done… Mike N you have some staying power! going for 3 next yr no doubt!

  30. mike campo says:

    Thanks kj

  31. Pollyowls says:

    Seven
    I agree with you regarding Coneygree.. have already had a similar conversation with Mike N earlier
    The truth is that a bloated 4-day Festival has created so many different opportunities that the Championship races have started to suffer as a result.
    Having thought about it, and watched the race again, I think that this will turn out to be a sub-standard Gold Cup – I’m not saying the first two are not good horses… I’m just not convinced that this was a vintage renewal.
    If you look at the race again, the front two must have been 20 lengths plus clear at the second last – they were definitely coming back to the field for the final quarter mile.

  32. Pollyowls says:

    Seven
    The Tullow Tank now shown as being trained by Alan Fleming (as from 1st Dec), but still in same ownership
    No sign of an entry in the near future

  33. mike campo says:

    McCoy was a great jockey and I find it very sad that he has been reduced to this.
    What’s all that ‘on the couch’ stuff with Ruby about ?
    Certainly not entertainment. Couldn’t make a personality between them and the contents not great either !
    AP, you need to find a career that doesn’t rely on your personality or insight.
    This isn’t for you !

  34. Pollyowls says:

    Another great Festival – not quite sure about the standard though. Clearly the Mullins yard are clear of the remainder at the moment, but have still not cracked the Gold Cup hoodoo… which made the decision not to put Vautour in the Gold Cup so perplexing.
    Moment of the week – undoubtedly Sprinter Sacre coming back to somewhere near his best in the Champion Chase… closely followed 45 minutes later by this blog’s old favourite Any Currency pulling off a famous win in the Cross-Country Chase.
    As for how it affects the Grand National… I thought the best performances came from Holywell & Cause of Causes, with honourable mentions for Bless The Wings, Morning Assembly & Midnight Prayer. I’ve also seen good trials for next year’s race from The Young Master, Valseur Lido & Don Poli
    Sadly, the roll-call of those we have lost at this Festival is too long – The Govaness, Pont Alexandre, Rezorbi, No More Heroes, Niceonefrankie, Long Dog and Montdragon – all condolences to their connections. Let it be a reminder to us all of the sacrifices made for our entertainment…
    Thanks to Mike N for his efforts on the competition… and well done for winning!!

  35. pablo says:

    I think substandard is a bit harsh. Standard but not outstanding for me. Recent substandard Gold Cups were the era in which The Giant Bolster placed. Im thinking Synchronised, Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth. Even Ling Run was tackling geriatrics on super fast ground.

  36. pablo says:

    Long not Ling!

  37. pablo says:

    Festival was great fun though. Lots of good memories. Just freezing today and queues too long for everything!

  38. Seven Towers says:

    I thought it was quite fortuitous for STD to win the last race. Thought Pendleton may be in line to take over as stable jock.

  39. Mike N says:

    Ta all. No ST I’m not doing an Aintree one lol. A once a year Cheltenham one is fine I think.

  40. Seven Towers says:

    I think the Albert Bartlett was a decent enough race today but we were missing two huge players in that division. Cheltenham’s loss will be Aintree’s gain and I think the 3 mile novice hurdle this year at Liverpool is going to be an absolute belter. Some Cheltenham runners will go again from both the AB and Neptune and then add to that my fav Ballydine and the really progressive Tomngerry and I think whoever wins that race could just be a superstar.

  41. Gizmogirl says:

    Well done Mike N – Mr Consistency. Once again, thanks for sorting out the comp.

    To be honest, I thought the Gold Cup was a bit ‘meh’ – that the stuffing was knocked out of the race and the crowd following CC’s departure says it all. Or it could be me (likely). Right – having a word with myself to climb out of mid-table mediocrity next year.

  42. sling-shot03 says:

    Well done Mike n and thanks for doing tables.

  43. Showlad says:

    Well done Mike N ;)

  44. rich04 says:

    Clouds
    Grand National rating: 165

    Official rating: 166 (1lb well in)

    Many Clouds is the 8/1 favourite to become the first Grand National winner since Red Rum to land back-to-back successes in the big race and there’s no doubting he deserves his position at the head of the market. Thanks to Phil Smith and his National weights compression, Many Clouds gets to race off a mark just 5lb higher than the one he ran off when winning last year, but he deserves every pound of his 166 official rating judging by his latest success at Kelso. He absolutely hammered some good horses in Scotland last time, including fellow National hopeful Unioniste as well as the smart Sausalito Sunrise, and he didn’t touch a twig thanks to some electric jumping on his way to an easy 10-length success. There’s hardly a negative to his chances of further Aintree success, but there are some horses that are even better off at the weights than he is…

    Silviniaco Conti
    Grand National Rating: 163

    Official Rating: 169 (6lb well in)

    Silviniaco Conti has not only won two King George’s, he’s also won at three of the last four Grand National meetings and he’s been trained for Aintree this season after his bid for a third victory in the Kempton highlight ended three from home when he was pulled up. Slotted in the National weights at 163 after that, the Dom Alco gelding then came out and won his seventh Grade One in the Betfair Ascot Chase in fine style, scooting home by 20-lengths in first-time blinkers. He’d also had his soft palate cauterised pre-Ascot and if that has worked the oracle and he’s back to his best, then he’s incredibly well-handicapped off a mark of 163. He’s 6lb well-in according to his new official rating, but he’s a stone well-in on his career-high mark of 177. The 10-year-old may have to prove himself over the unique fences and over the stamina-sapping trip, but on class alone he’s a danger to all.

    Holywell
    Grand National Rating: 153

    Official Rating: 157 (4lb well in)

    Jonjo O’Neill’s Holywell was dropped 9lb after just two runs following disappointing efforts in the Betfair Chase and the Sky Bet Chase this season. However, the return to Cheltenham, the return to spring ground and the return to a handicap rating of 153 saw him bounce back in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Festival, where only the David Pipe-trained Grade One winner Un Temps Pour Tout proved too good. He’s carried his Cheltenham form into Aintree before, most notably when thrashing the new Gold Cup hero Don Cossack by 10 lengths as a novice, and the handicapper has reacted by nudging him back up towards his career-high mark of 163. Like Silviniaco Conti, he has to prove himself over the fences and at the trip, but, also like Conti, he’s a Grade One winner at the meeting over the Mildmay fences and he’s extremely well-handicapped on his best form.

    The Last Samuri
    Grand National Rating: 149

    Official Rating: 161 (12lb well in)

    It’s 26 years since Kim Bailey won the Grand National with Mr Frisk and the Northamptonshire handler has a fine chance of doubling his tally in the Aintree spectacular with The Last Samuri. The eight-year-old was formerly trained by Donald McCain, so the National will have been the plan for this horse from a very early stage, and he enhanced his credentials with a good run at Newcastle before winning well at Kempton prior to the weights release. However, his chance went up another notch after he trounced The Druids Nephew and company in the BetBright Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on his last start. He jumped really well on Town Moor and galloped on relentlessly before being eased down in the closing stages once the race was in the bag. A 12lb rise for that win wasn’t a surprise and he must go to Aintree with solid claims being so favourably handicapped.

    Cause Of Causes
    Grand National Rating: 142

    Official (Irish) Rating: 152 (10lb well in)

    Since Cause Of Causes crossed the line in eighth in last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National he was being trained for a repeat win at the Cheltenham Festival. The eight-year-old won the National Hunt Chase at last year’s Festival, a year on from finishing second in the Kim Muir, and he was laid out for the latter contest once again by his wily trainer Gordon Elliott. Running off a mark 4lb lower than his National mark, and just 2lb higher than when he was second in the 2014 Kim Muir, he was given a supremely confident ride by Jamie Codd and the pair took off once he was asked for his effort three from home. He went from being near last in the main group to first after a rapid burst and stormed clear for an easy 12-length success. Such tactics are hard to pull off in the National, as Paul Carberry found out last year, but if he does get in the race (touch and go) he’s dangerously well-handicapped.

  45. rich04 says:

    Can many clouds eclipse the great red Rum