With two weeks to go earlier than the Cheltenham Competition, the Off The Fence staff are focusing on the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the Coral Cup.
Host Vanessa Ryle is again alongside former Cheltenham Competition-winning jockey Barry Geraghty and racing knowledgeable Tony Keenan for a have a look at the newest massive race clues.
Keenan was significantly impressed with the efficiency of coach skilled by Emmet Mullins Corbett Cross within the Grade Two Johnstown Novice Hurdle at Naas on Sunday because the six-year-old defied a major drop within the course (two miles) to beat the useful Discovered A Fifty.
Corbetts Cross at the moment holds only one Competition entry, over three miles within the Albert Bartlett, and Keenan thinks his present value of 5/1 remains to be nice worth.
Keenan mentioned: “I can not stress sufficient how superb this efficiency was and I could not be extra optimistic about this horse.
“For Discovered A Fifty you could not have discovered a greater race on the calendar, however Corbetts Cross was in a position to construct on him, journey with him with no drawback after which get the higher of him on the straight.
“There is no different horse in Albert Bartlett’s subject that would do this – they’d be crushed.”
Geraghty was additionally impressed with the efficiency however issued a caveat on whether or not the horse will line up within the Albert Bartlett.
“That is what I anticipated to see from a competitor to Albert Bartlett as a result of they fought onerous and never far,” Geraghty mentioned.
“We had been ready for one thing to place their head above water and he is now standing waist excessive above something at this level.
“They’ve talked about they may full it for different races although and the beginning is a priority so that would come into play. The Ballymore may very well be an possibility in the event that they go that manner.”
Give attention to the Coral Cup alternatives!
Geraghty and Keenan additionally named a Coral Cup choice forward of the handicap weights being launched this week.
Geraghty mentioned: “The one I’ll point out is Run for the Oscar. He completed third at Haydock on mushy floor and gained the Cesarewitch on good floor earlier than that.
“He has an England mark of 145, in order that’s value allowing for. He is in higher type on higher floor and is within the Coral Cup, so I would control him for that.”
Keenan, in the meantime, loves one from Jessica Harrington’s staff. “The one I’ve had in thoughts for some time within the Coral Cup is The identical man,” he mentioned.
“I feel he is come on a journey that is too far for him in current begins and he is misplaced weight.
“He did little or no hurt after which gained effectively at Punchestown final outing. He is going there with an honest likelihood and hopefully will probably be an excellent value that day.”
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