RACE one on day four is the Triumph Hurdle, run over two miles one furlong and is for four-year-olds only. The last ten winners of this race had their last run in January or February.
Charli Parcs – Nicky Henderson 17-2 10bet
After more time to study this race I am pretty confident this will be one of my bets of the meeting and probably for JP McManus as well if going for this race which isn’t guaranteed. I suppose it all depends on whether the other JP McManus horse Defi Du Seuil runs or not. In December Charli Parcs beat Master Blueyes by eight lengths and then in February when renewing their rivalry Charli Parcs fell. My view of the race after watching it many times is that Charli Parcs would have outfought Master Blueyes. We will never know and many people disagree with me but that’s my view. Currently favourite for the JLT and one of my antepost selections but with all that is going on in the Mullins yard, will he still run in this? Well at least we are NRNB so that takes the pressure off – not that there should be any pressure. Yorkhill is two from two over fences and looking impressive to me if not with others.
Defi Du Seuil – Philip Hobbs 13-8 10bet
Five from five and if running here will be the JP McManus number one on paper. He is antepost favourite but for me his jumping is poor and certainly not as good as Charli Parcs'. He has however got the best form and is the worthy favourite but I think Charli Parcs has more improvement.
Master Blueyes – Alan King 13-2 10bet
Won his last two races and does look to be improving but as I said we will never know if he would have won if Charli Parcs hadn’t fallen. Take nothing away from the horse though, you have to jump, not out of this if improving.
Meri Devie – Willie Mullins 14-1 10bet
Good win at Leopardstown in December when beating Housesofparliament but did take a step backwards on last run when beaten by some decent horses. Although all Mullins horses have to be respected, I can’t see this winning.
Bapaume – Willie Mullins 10-1
Finished in front of Meri Devie last time and although being beat by Mega Fortune by 3 1/2 lengths I can see this horse running well. What impresses my about this horse was the way he won at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, the speed round the final bend and then digging deep to out battle Landofhopeandglory.
- CHARLI PARCS 17-2 10bet
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