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    Novice Hurdlers 2020/21

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie View Post
    We really have reached peak content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slim View Post
    We really have reached peak content.
    It beats the tumbleweeds

    Plenty of the best bumper horses won't have raced post Feb

    I wouldn't pay much notice to any figure beside one

    See one you like and follow it

    I like Farouk of Gordons
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Quote Originally Posted by granger View Post
    It beats the tumbleweeds

    Plenty of the best bumper horses won't have raced post Feb

    I wouldn't pay much notice to any figure beside one

    See one you like and follow it

    I like Farouk of Gordons
    On Eagles Wings is on the list. That is enough to make it a time consuming click.

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    Plenty of time to review the race replays and better than the fit of pique content on the non-racing threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie View Post
    Plenty of time to review the race replays and better than the fit of pique content on the non-racing threads.
    With no payoff until November and Irish flat racing likely to be back next month this is one for the die hards.

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    First UK Graded race (I think) of the season today with the Persian War at Chepstow & just a shame there’s only 7 going as would be perfect for backing a couple EW against the fav

    Mcfabulous is being talked up as a Stayers Hurdle horse and is rightly favourite but couldn’t touch him at odds on. The two I like are Everglow for the Hobbs’s and Getaround for Ella Pickard

    Everglow’s a bit of a guess up as he’s only run in two bumpers, but the stable has won it with similar types before. Getaround’s from a much smaller stable which will help his price, is a strong stayer and will be match fit today

    The 16.25 is also interesting with Soaring Glory (very smart bumper form, but can you trust Jonjo with an odds-on shot…) and Bravemansgame who cost £370K & has 6/7 lengths to make up on the fav from last year. Should be interesting

    And finally, tomorrow at Fairyhouse we get to see Champion Bumper 3rd Queens Brook who’s obv going to be very hard to beat if taking to hurdles

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    Business is picking up
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Mcfabulous did it great and very much like an odds-on shot should. Doubt he'll be appearing on this thread again....

    Bravmansgame looked very inexperienced and will surely improve bundles but so will Soaring Glory who was given a cool ride by Jonjo junior. A pair of above standard horses I reckon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perpetual View Post
    Mcfabulous did it great and very much like an odds-on shot should. Doubt he'll be appearing on this thread again....

    Bravmansgame looked very inexperienced and will surely improve bundles but so will Soaring Glory who was given a cool ride by Jonjo junior. A pair of above standard horses I reckon
    Yes, agree with that. MCFABULOUS was particularly impressive I thought, oozed superiority throughout and won as he liked. They went a fair old gallop as well.

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    Mcfabulous won't be a novice come the end of the month though, impressive nevertheless. Get the feeling he may be ground dependent.

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    Wide Receiver is either still very green or else not up to much when put to him
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    It's not something I normally associate with Elliott, but even a couple of his higher profile winners (Queens Brook, Eskylane) have sort of fallen in, so wouldn’t be surprised if his novices improve significantly on their 2nd starts

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    WR is probably a huge baby

    He didnt look like herelished a trip but i'd say he will tried over 3miles this season
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    I'd agree with Ben. i think some of Gordon's have looked to need their first run. It could also be a sign of which ones of his potential Grade 1 horses he's got lined up for the end of season Festival handicaps by not wanting to show his hand.

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    First impressions are that last years Cheltenham bumper could be a good un…

    So far five of the field (3rd Queens Brook, 5th Eskylane, 10th One True King, 13th Ask A Honey Bee and 22nd Linelee king) have already won a maiden or novice hurdle. The others to have run and have done so respectably including a couple of flat wins. It’s not always the case, but looking strong so far

    The 4th Third Time Lucki goes in the first at Uttoxeter and whilst not backable, should carry on the trend

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    For me, there's an enormous hole in last season's bumper form because of the cancellation of the spring festivals, particularly Punchestown.
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    Hi archie. I’ve thought about this quite a bit and yes, agree the curtailed season will impact the hurdlers this year, but think that will be more the strength and field sizes of early season races. The quality (or not) of the festival bumper will probably still be relevant as trainers on both sides of the Irish Sea were still aiming their best ones at it, as Covid wasn’t much of a thing then

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    And to add, Third Time Lucki did it as expected with the big plus his jumping was excellent. A bright prospect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perpetual View Post
    And to add, Third Time Lucki did it as expected with the big plus his jumping was excellent. A bright prospect
    Aye, it may not have been the greatest challenge in the world, but he really looked the part throughout and he had that “I’m full of power” aura about him which he unleashed at the end when Skelton set him off by nothing more than a tap on the neck and a shaking of the reins.

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