Cheltenham – The Open meeting – day 2
It’s difficult to switch on to racing today after the dreadful events in Paris last night. My thoughts are with all those effected by this barbaric attack.
Yesterday’s racing saw at least one future star emerge with Shantou Village an impressive winner who will surely make a bold bid for glory back at Cheltenham next March.
Today there are some competitive handicaps to unravel not least the Paddy Power chase. I backed Oscar Rock after his convincing win at Market Rasen at the end of September. I see no reason to change my main selection. Irish Cavalier is a clear danger as he is not fully exposed. I desert Present View with a heavy heart but he seems to have lost his way for now.
Arguably the 3 mile 3 furlongs Murphy Group chase is even more competitive than the feature event.
Audacious Plan looks sure to run well whilst Le Reve is a favourite of mine but has never won on a left hand track. However Cogry (pictured above) is well regarded and at 6 has scope to win this off 10-8.
Vintage Vinnie whilst not the highest rated hurdler in the field is taken to win the class 2 novice e chase where Un Temps Pour Tout will be well backed on his chasing debut.
Trainer David Pipe may have more luck with Batavir and Herbert Park in later events.
The cards at Wetherby and Uttoxeter are short on quality and Noel Fehily should make his trip to the latter worthwhile.