Cheltenham Festival 2020: Day 2 Review

My review of Day 2…


In my review of Day 2 there are various musings, ‘horses to follow’ and ‘form follow’ stats, as well as a look at how mares got on this year, and whether that’s a pointer for the future…




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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Josh.

    I think that Colin Tizzard may over race his horses earlier in the season unlike messrs Mullins, Elliott and Henderson, who look to peak at Cheltenham and in the spring. Therefore they may be past their best come the festival?

    I agree re Allaho – in that I thought that three miles looked too far for him.

    I heard, I think, that Champ was off to Henrietta Knight’s for a few lessons in jumping. We shall see.

    Re Protektorat – I can see the points re strong pace and a big field. No doubt if you wait for the right races opportunities will come up. However I think he may be a flatterer? I could see following him at 16/1 +, but shorter?

    Two to follow from the bumper for next season are the fifth and sixth in Eskylane and Ask A Honey Bee. Both were running on at the end after being outpaced in my eyes.

    i have entered the ante post markets for 2021 already!! I have backed Paisley Park at 8/1 and Put The Kettle On at 20/1. What a genius I may be seen as come the day of the races? We shall see.

    Keep busy all. Martin

    1. Hi Martin,

      No problem- yep you could be correct about Tizzard – obviously Lost In Translation ran a stormer, and may be something in him not running since the King George. Maybe, much like Twister, he does run many of them plenty enough – obviously he’s done very well at Aintree GN meeting in recent season, which is interesting. I’m not sure how many of those ran at Cheltenham say, but it could be given the strength of the yards you mention/how competitive, that bar the Gold Cup and odd other Grade 1, Aintree is the main aim for plenty of theirs.

      Henrietta Knight usually works wonders on the jumping front – he should just get better hopefully, and clearly has some engine.

      Protektorat – you may well be correct although he ‘won’ at Cheltenham in a scrap before being demoted to 2nd due to interference, and the reinstated. I don’t think he showed an attitude problem there but I could be wrong – so he has won. I think he’s just got plenty of growing up to do, especially mentally – but he could be a different beast when dropping his head behind a strong pace.


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