SIRE DE GRUGY (giving Special Tiara a nudge)
Today is Betfair Chase day at Haydock, the first leg of the three race one million pound bonus, but with no horse with a realistic chance unless Cue Card could be at his peak all season, at 11 going on 12 years of age. He’s had a couple of worrying falls lately and Harry Cobden takes over the ride from Paddy Brennan. Cue Card has a huge number of fans and, personally, I am getting more and more nervous every time he runs. He owes us nothing and has been a privilege to watch. Fingers crossed today! Meanwhile, two other favourites, Smad Place and Sire De Grugy, run at Ascot, the former a Hennessy winner and the latter a Champion Chase winner. These three horses are beloved by fans and demonstrate how jumps racing tugs at the heart strings. It’s more than just a sport – emotions run high. Think back to Denman winning his second Hennessy, or Sprinter Sacre’s second Champion Chase – floods of tears all round. Good luck today. Me, well I’ve got to support my favourite horses, surely!
Here are some tips….
Haydock….Betfair Chase….Grade 1….CUE CARD
My genuine choice, as long as he gets round, but with Bristol De Mai on top form.
Stayers Hurdle….Grade 3….ZARKANDAR….worth a punt each way at 20-1, expect to run bigger race than odds
Ascot….Christy Chase….Grade 2….SMAD PLACE….top form last time out, Double Shuffle good each way bet, progressive
Coral Hurdle….Grade 2….DEFI DU SEUIL….evens, great potential, will be pressed by Lil Rockerfeller
Shawbrook Chase….H’cap….SIRE DE GRUGY….a tough ask at top weight but….