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    Cheltenham 2017

    With the jumps season just about to come alive I thought it about time to start the annual Cheltenham build up thread.

    Just watched Thistlecrack make a very decent start over fences winning easily on the bridle at Chepstow. Third Intention won the Old Roan on Saturday past whilst Sire De Grugy flopped in the same race. Cue Card and Coneygree could both be seen in the Charlie Hall on Saturday coming.

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    Thistlecrack is very exciting, what a machine!

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    With the jumps season just about to come alive I thought it about time to start the annual Cheltenham build up thread.

    Just watched Thistlecrack make a very decent start over fences winning easily on the bridle at Chepstow. Third Intention won the Old Roan on Saturday past whilst Sire De Grugy flopped in the same race. Cue Card and Coneygree could both be seen in the Charlie Hall on Saturday coming.
    It might be my memory playing tricks on me, but I can't remember many staying hurdle winners going on to be top notch chasers.
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    It might be my memory playing tricks on me, but I can't remember many staying hurdle winners going on to be top notch chasers.
    I can't think of many of the top of my head, be interesting to see how Thistlecrack does, certainly looked the part today but the novice chase at Cheltenham in a couple of weeks and then the Kauto Star on Boxing Day will likely be far more informative.
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    Excited for the jumps season. The Gigginstown fallout with Mullins automatically ramps up the interest in the Irish graded races.

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    Surprising defeat for Cue Card, pushed back into 3rd by Irish Cavalier and Menorah.

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    Sad news breaking from the Mullins yard that Vautour has had to be euthanised after breaking a leg in a 'freak accident'.

    Big loss of a real superstar of jumps racing.

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    Gutted about that. Ryanair was a real crack performance.

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    Horrible news about Vautour he really was one of the best out there.

    Was looking forward to him tackling the 3m division all the way to Cheltenham this season.

    Long way off but the Gold Cup looks wide open.

    Coneygree, Don Cossack (hopefully), Cue Card, Thistlecrack and hopefully a young horse or 2 to shake them up.

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    Valseur Lido was impressive at Down Royal on Saturday.

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    Valseur Lido was impressive at Down Royal on Saturday.
    He was that. Thought Silviniavo Conti showed plenty in defeat as well and he's one who has traditionally needed his 1st run out. Campaigned well he could still win a few decent races imo.
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    Aye, he jumped really well but, was no match for the winner.

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    Thistlecrack wins by 3 3/4 lengths at 1/7, never saw the race so, nae idea what type of performance it was.

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    Thistlecrack wins by 3 3/4 lengths at 1/7, never saw the race so, nae idea what type of performance it was.
    Won easy and was eased right down on the run in. Left a good novice chaser in Mariniero well behind.

    In saying that there were a few jumping mistakes and he made quite a bad one at the 5th or 6th. Think Tizzard said afterwards he will likely run in the Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.
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    Felt a bit sorry for Minella Rocco in the last race, if it hadn't been hampered during the carnage with the loose horse I think it would probably have won.

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    Nicky Henderson just announced that Sprinter Sacre has been retired.

    Wonderful horse and hopefully he has a good retirement. Selfishly a bit gutted as I'm down at Cheltenham on the Wednesday next year and had hoped to see him in action.
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    Sad news about SS but even worse news that Simonsig had to be put down after falling today. Brilliant novice with bad injury problems.

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    Sad news about SS but even worse news that Simonsig had to be put down after falling today. Brilliant novice with bad injury problems.
    My mate was down and said it was nasty. Simonsig fell, got up, stumbled on for about 100 yards then collapsed right in front of the stands. I was watching on TV and Simon Holts voice on the commentary said it all, you knew it was bad.

    Days like today and the situation with Freddie Tylicki remind you just what a tough sport it can be at times.

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    Anyone got any thoughts on the Betfair Chase on Saturday?

    I'm quite tempted by Seeyouatmidnight at somewhere between 7s and 9s. I think Coneygree will need the run, Cue Card may be caught out if he tries to go with Coneygree from the front, Silviniaco Conti isn't the horse he was and I'm not convinced Irish Cavalier wasn't flattered last time out.

    The Jockey Club have announced they have commisioned a trophy to go along with the 1M bonus for winning the 'triple crown', named after Kauto Star as the only horse to do it. Tbh looking at the crop of 3 mile chases this year I'd be suprised if it was won.
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    Anyone got any thoughts on the Betfair Chase on Saturday?

    I'm quite tempted by Seeyouatmidnight at somewhere between 7s and 9s. I think Coneygree will need the run, Cue Card may be caught out if he tries to go with Coneygree from the front, Silviniaco Conti isn't the horse he was and I'm not convinced Irish Cavalier wasn't flattered last time out.

    The Jockey Club have announced they have commisioned a trophy to go along with the 1M bonus for winning the 'triple crown', named after Kauto Star as the only horse to do it. Tbh looking at the crop of 3 mile chases this year I'd be suprised if it was won.
    Corker of a race. John Hunt on Twitter fearful a bit of the weather, could be a real slog.
    Not sure Seeyouatmidnight has the class but may not come down to that. Small interest on Coneygree.

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    Cue Card different league today. Coneygree probably needed that but doesn't take anything away from the winner. Would love to see Don Cossack and CC meet at Cheltenham again.

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    Cue Card different league today. Coneygree probably needed that but doesn't take anything away from the winner. Would love to see Don Cossack and CC meet at Cheltenham again.
    Just watched the race this morning.

    Cue Card looks as good as last year, Coneygree ran a stormer in 2nd and was always going to struggle to win it from the front so lacking in race fitness, Silviniaco Conti is in permanent decline and both Irish Cavalier and Seeyouatmidnight aren't grade 1 horses.

    King George should be a cracker.

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    Thistlecrack more assured today than his last outing. Straightforward too.

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    Possibly not totally relevant to Cheltenham but Many Clouds just put in a very good round of jumping to win well at Aintree. Nasty looking fall for Minella Rocco in the same race, didn't look good.
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    Un De Sceaux just pips Sire De Grugy in the Tingle Creek. Race of the season so far imo with God's Own running on well in 3rd as well.
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    Un De Sceaux just pips Sire De Grugy in the Tingle Creek. Race of the season so far imo with God's Own running on well in 3rd as well.
    I've lost a fair bit of money on God's Own this season. Seems to be nearly winning all the time. Always finishes strongly whether over 2m or 2m4. Very frustrating

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    Plan seems to be to run him in the King George. Be interesting to see him stepped up in trip as he fairly flew up the hill.
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