Cheltenham Showcase meeting Day 2 preview
Duke of Lucca winner at Aintree can take the feature Showcase handicap chase at 3.45 under Richard Johnson. Stablemate Roalco Des Farges and Emma Lavelle’s Le Bec look among the dangers particularly if the former returns to anywhere near his best.
It could be a good day for Richard Johnson with Persian Snow (one of my 50 top follow) in with a good chance in the 2.35 over 2m 4f. He looked capable of winning a decent chase last year not least when running well behind Present View at the Festival. Last year’s winner Johns Spirit and the classy Champion Court are obvious dangers.
Donald McCain’s Shantou Tiger faces his stiffest task to date over hurdles but could oblige each way backers even if Vivaldi Collonges might prove different class.
Tiger Roll may beat the unlucky Calipto once more as he did in the Triumph but its a race I’d prefer to take a watching brief on.
In form Neil Mulholland’s Pass The Time was aimed high last year and didn’t disgrace himself along with winning a handicap at Doncaster. Again an each way interest could well be rewarded in the 16.26.
The following novice chase should throw up a few future winners and David Pipe’s Ainse Fideles may well extend his winning run to 6.
In the bumper Fergal O’Brien’s Chezzy (50 to follow) looked a decent sort on his only appearance when winning at Carlisle in April. My enthusiasm only tempered by the presence of Rebecca Curtis’s point to point winner How About It ridden by Barry Geraghty, whilst the Greatrex/Sheehan combo have the promising Uttoxeter bumper winner Going For Gold. A fascinating contest to end the meeting.