1st May 2019 – Punchestown – He was taken on for almost all the race which resulted in him racing in an overly keen manner. He got away with it here partly by being kept as far away from his rivals as he could; however whether he will get away with it again up the Cheltenham hill next March might be open to question; even more so with a different jockey on board. He was nowhere near as fluent over his fences as he had been at Aintree when allowed an untroubled lead; consequently he has had a lot go wrong here and yet has still found too much to beat the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who probably enjoyed an easier trip round. As impressive as he was I do think there is also a chance that he will be suited more by Punchestown and Aintree than he will by Cheltenham – we shall see……
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1st May 2019 – Punchestown – His jumping was far from perfect as he hit the fifth quite hard and was less than fluent at three or four others. Perhaps he just does not quite possess the speed to cope with the winner round a sharper track like Punchestown. It is more than possible that he will be the more suited of the two to the ups and downs of Cheltenham.
1st May 2019 – Punchestown – He was never in the hunt and has benefitted from an excellent ‘pick up the pieces‘ ride by Davy Russell.
1st May 2019 – Punchestown – His jumping lacked fluency and, at the same time, it was a significant step up on his previous run in the Gold Cup. He briefly looked a threat on the turn for home and may have been the third best horse in the race. He simply paid for trying to win the race by tiring late on.
1st May 2019 – Punchestown – He was still bang there four out before dropping right out of contention soon after. He has long been over estimated by the handicapper in my view and this performance is probably a fair reflection of what he is.
1st May 2019 – Punchestown – He made a serious mistake early in the back straight and did well to finish as close as he did.