Cheltenham Festival 2020: Day 4 Review

Festival Day 4 Review + Master Copy






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  1. Firstly thanks for posting your thoughts on day 4. My memory is fading of the day now but by racking my brains I have the following thoughts:

    1.30. I have only ridden a horse once and it seemed to be in charge and so I know nothing about riding. If jockeys such as Ruby Walsh and AP said it was not Jamie Moore’s fault on Goshen then I have to go with them. I did think he was a bit hesitant as he approached the last myself, but that does not matter. Solo was having only his second run in this country and so we cannot say much about him yet and all doors are still open. After two more runs at Cheltenham we can say whether he likes the course or does not. I have watched Sir Psycho in his races and two miles is too short for him definitely. If I had been his trainer (unlikely I grant you) I would have run him in the Boodles.

    2.10. You highlight a nice change of approach by JP here. A clever man if ever I saw one. I see Elusive Belle showing her best over the larger obstacles. Re picking up a decent prize over hurdles. Maybe as a second string for Hendo in a handicap? Waley Cohen junior will always ride her whilst he is laying off the meat pie and is fit enough to do so. I believe that he sold his chain of dental practices (good timing there) and so has more spare time.

    2.50 I see Thyme Hill in the Stayers Hurdle next year. Who knows if Paisley Park is OK after his heart issue? We will only know when he has to go a strong pace in a race. Thyme Hill looks to have plenty of stamina.

    3.30. If Santini’s owners were to take the horse away from Hendo and send him to me to train (again pretty unlikely) I may well try running him as a front runner. None of this trying to make up ground after the last. Do a Native River and get out there.

    4.10. I do not like the race and would scrap it. Tradition can be changed on occasion.

    4.50. Give up on Us And Them. Let it go. I will eat my hat if he wins a big one.

    5.30. I agree that this race contained a number for the future. Too many to choose from at present without any racing after to go on.

    And so came the end of a good and tiring four days. But we got through it. We would have appreciated it even more if we knew what lock in and no sport misery awaited.
    But all fit and well here and hope you are all in good health too.

    See you on the other side of this.


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