Cheltenham Begins to Take Shape

The door to the Cheltenham festival begins to creek open, & with a meeting at the track this weekend, it gives us some helpful insight to some interesting recruits. Nicky Henderson's French import, Peace and Co went in as expected after a runaway victory at Doncaster last time out. This time round, Barry Geraghty picked up the duties from Daryl Jacob. Failing to settle earlyGeraghty had his mount restrained with no pace in the field early on. Once settled & the race got into a rhythm, Henderson's 4 year old, although running a bit green, looked every bit the real deal. Peace and Co brushed aside Alan King's Karezak to put the race to bed & justify favouritism for the Triumph Hurdle in March at 5/2

On Sunday Ireland had a cracking card at LeopardstownThe ongoing Jezki, Hurricane Fly saga was one of many highlights of the day with Hurricane Fly refusing to bow to any opposition at Leopardstown once again. Not to mention Mullins' talented Un De Sceaux. Unbeaten as a hurdler & falling on his first start chasing, some felt there was questions to be answered going over the bigger obstacles. Questions were soon dismissed as Un De Sceaux made all of the three runner race, & simply galloped away from two talented horses in, Clarcam & Gilgamboa, who were left well out of touch to fight for a distant second. Mullins said of De Sceaux, 

"That’s was I was hoping for today, that he wouldn’t make a mistake in the middle of the race or at the fourth- or third-last where the pressure’s starting to come on. Certainly if he can repeat that performance over there [at Cheltenham] he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s probably not down to his full racing fitness yet so we have a bit left to prepare for the next six weeks".  

A promising performance from a horse who is not at "full racing fitness".

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