Cheltenham Open Meeting Day 3 reflections
The day started with a minutes silence in honour of Trainer and former jockey Dessie Hughes who will be sadly missed by all who love this great sport.
The critics of Sam Twiston Davies were out again after Vibrato Valtat failed to peg back Dunraven Storm. This despite the fact that Sam’s mount is a notoriously tricky ride who doesn’t want to hit the front too soon. The small field was hardly ideal for covering such a horse up. He jumps well and will not doubt win a decent prize when the race is run to suit.
Uxizandre jumped for fun and is clearly a horse who will be contesting some of the top races this season including quite possibly the Champion Chase. Simply Ned did little wrong in second other than hang on the run in and will be winning again soon. Module ran better than last time and may benefit from a step up in trip.
Vyta Du Roc looked beaten 3 out (was 50.0 with Betfair) but Barry Geraghty wasn’t to be denied and ground down Emerging Talent close home. The pair were well clear of the third and are clearly above average novices.
Garde Le Victoire won well in what was a muddling race and will stick to hurdles this season. Vaniteux, a possible champion hurdle contender prior to the race lot little in defeat and will be better for the run. Bardari continues to frustrate and didn’t jump well , though the slow pace probably didn’t help and he may well be tried over further.
Steve Gollings’ Definitly Red ended a memorable meeting for Richard Johnson by winning the bumper in some style and his progression to hurdles will be eagerly awaited.
The 3 day Open Meeting was a tremendous occasion full of thrills and pointers for the future, and whetting the appetite for the Festival in March.