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It was annoying to see one of the two selections being a NR yesterday, as that has been happening a lot of recent. The selection which did run, was given a strange ride. After being raced prominently in recent starts, which has provided some good results, it was a surprise to see him held up and never involved. Strange decision, and one which I think the young jockey would have been told to do by the trainer.
Not a great price on offer, but DESTINEE ROYALE is surely the one they all have to beat if they want to win this race. She was in the midst of running a nice race from the front at Cheltenham until a freak incident happened where she jumped the fence perfectly fine, but somewhat slipped a few yards after landing and took a nasty fall. She was a progressive looking horse earlier last year in the previous season, so it was unfortunate to see that happen to her at Cheltenham. This trip seems about right for her, as she does stay further, but she doesn't quite have the same level of stamina, so this trip should be ideal on ground which should be fine for her.
As I've mentioned previously, I really like Venetia Williams, especially her Chase horses. I think that is down to the riding style of Charlie Deutsch. Obviously Venetia is a tremendous trainer, but the rhythm in which Charlie gets them into, it's quite special. His strike rate over fences is head and shoulders above his hurdles strike rate, and that's probably due to his style. He lets the horses get on with things, hence why a lot of Venetia's run from the front. He manages to get them to jump the fences for fun, so hopefully he can do this tomorrow on this mare. There are a couple in this race who look on good marks, so it will be interesting to see how she deals with them.
12:00 Brighton - Race: 1
12:10 Nottingham - Race: 1
12:20 Wolverhampton - Race: 1