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Yesterday was a very good day, even though both selections weren't amazing odds they both win well and did it with ease. Both horses are top animals, but Allaho is surely the best jumps horse in training after that performance. He is quality to watch, and the way he runs his rivals into submission from his electric front running jumping is a sight to behold. Hopefully you got on the double, as it paid around 8/1 – 9/1 with the advised odds.
My first option in this race was Grange Walk, as I think he is handicapped to win a race of this nature, but I can't get away from MAGIC DAZE. I'm hoping this free going type can do a similar job to which Allaho did yesterday, and that's run from the front, jump brilliantly and not be caught. There's no chance that she will be ridden differently, as they will be fighting a losing battle as she is so free that they have no option but to let her stride on. There are a couple of front running horses who will take her on for the lead, but whatever does that will lose the battle. Mt Leinster will probably be one who will do it, but his jumping is nowhere near the level required to go the pace which Magic Daze will set, and the fact he is fancied to win this, is quite baffling to me as his jumping is a real problem.
Henry De Bromhead clearly thinks this mare is Graded quality, as she was pitched into the Arkle when they could have exploited her handicap mark of 138 (British handicap mark). She was quietly well fancied for the Arkle as an outsider, but she does what she normally does and it didn't work out around Cheltenham, which is not a surprise. That was on the back of a 100 day absence, so she was entitled to come on for that run, and the break probably didn't do her any justice as she was very keen that day, more keen than normal it would seem. It's good to see connections placing her in a handicap as a mark of 135 is definitely workable, and if things go to plan I think she could destroy this field. The drying ground is a concern as her best form has come on a soft surface, but she did finish 2nd in the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on Good To Soft, so the Good To Yielding ground shouldn't be a problem, but if it is then I'm sure she will be a NR.
Lastly, they have applied the first time tongue-tie, which should hopefully help her settle better and allow her to control her breathing a little better, which will help her see the race out better.
This is another one of those ‘boring' selections, as he is the favourite, but I do think 3m on a flatter and sharper track will see KLASSICAL DREAM to be effect. He travelled beautifully through the Stayers' hurdle race at Cheltenham, but he bunny hopped the last and looked shattered after that jump, where his stamina looked drained up the hill. This race has a few familiar faces in this, but doesn't look all that strong in reality. Sire Du Berlais will have his supporters, due to beating Flooring Porter at Aintree, but I'm not quite sure that Flooring Porter was 100% for that race, after having a couple of hard races through the season. The class horse in this race is Klassical Dream, he is a 2x Grade 1 winner over 3m (this race last year and Leopardstown in November) and was the Supreme winner from back in 2019. He has had his problems over the years, but it appears that Willie has got the grips of him, so if he is 100% ready for this, I can't see how he loses.