CHELTENHAM 2020

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The Big Races

2:05 Ascot 2m 5f (2m 5f 8y) Christy 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

I would like one question answered. Is Altior going up in trip as he is losing speed with age or do connections really want to make him a champion over a variety of trips? Recent reports of “Electric work on the gallops” suggest he is not losing his natural speed. Whilst his breeding suggests he will stay this trip, I am unsure if three miles is within his stamina range. That for me rules out the King George and the Gold Cup. I am unsure if the Ryanair is a tempting enough proposition for connections. Whereas Cyrname is at one with Ascot’s unique test, Altior looked less than happy when successful here in January of this year. In Altior’s defence he has won at Kempton and Sandown Park; suggesting a right-handed course does not faze him. (Interestingly both those courses have a longer run to the winning post from the turn for home) Cyrname is by Nickname, a Grade One performer in France and Ireland over two and two and half-miles. A name that conjures images of a memorable day at Auteuil. He has the likes of Frodon and Yala Enki on his C.V suggesting Cyrname has a good shout of staying three miles. In addition, Cyrname’s dam stayed twenty-one furlongs furthering the chance of him staying the King George trip. Both Altior and Cyrname have had wind procedures in the summer displaying the pressure put on top-class horses though their careers. Whilst I will be watching rather than betting, I feel Cyrname’s ability to show top-class form here at Ascot may swing it his way.

3:00 Haydock 3m 1f 125y Cl 1

Bristol De Mai tops FSFs on 173, with Frodon on 170, Lostintranslation on 157, and Ballyoptic on 156.

BDM is four from four at Haydock Park. His best RPR came on heavy ground, 6lb higher than his RPR in this race last year run on good ground. We know he goes well fresh, loves the track and appears adaptable to ground conditions. Two of his three best chase RPRs coming on good and good to soft. One imagines Frodon will be close to the pace. His strong suit is his jumping with his comeback run ruined by lack of fences in the home straight. Whilst successful over this trip his Grade One win came over twenty-one furlongs. Lostintranslation needs to improve 16lb on FSFs and 9lb on Timeform ratings. His comeback run was full of promise. It would have been disappointing had he not won as he did. (Second beaten last weekend while the third was running over a trip short of his best) A form line through Elegant Escape (Also trained by the Tizzard’s) suggests Ballyoptic has 3lb to find with Frodon. This looks sure to be run at a good pace and while not wishing to personally play, I suggest Lostintranslation may come through in the latter stages to land the spoils.

Latest Timeform & FSF Ratings NH 19/20

FSFs

ALTIOR 177
AL BOUM PHOTO 176
MIN 173
BRISTOL DE MAI 173
TIGER ROLL 172
ANIBALE FLY 171
KEMBOY 171
FRODON 170
UN DE SCEAUX 170
CLAN DES OBEAUX 169
FOOTPAD 168
POLITOLOGUE 168
NATIVE RIVER 168
ASO 167
ROAD TO RESPECT 167
WAITING PATIENTLY 167
FOX NORTON 166
BALKO DES FLOS 165
BUVEUR D’AIR 165
TOP NOTCH (Chase) 165
PAISLEY PARK 165
PENHILL 164
BALLYOISIN 164
DUC DE GENIEVRES 164
APPLE’S JADE (Mare) 163
CHACUN POUR SOI 162
PRESENTING PERCY 161
DEFI DU SEUIL 160
DIEGO DU CHARMIL 160
ELEGANT ESCAPE 160
SANTINI 160
SHARJAH 160
DOUVAN 160
VERDANA BLUE (Mare) 159
MONALEE 158
LOSTINTRANSLATION 157
SAINT CALVADOS 157
DEFINITLY RED 157
KLASSICAL DREAM 157
FOREST BIHAN 156
BALLYOPTIC 156
SALDIER 155
A PLUS TARD 154
KALASHNIKOV 154
VINNDICATION 154
JETT 152
THE WORLDS END (Hurdle) 152
CILAOS EMERY 150
COEUR SUBLIME 150
GRAND SANCY 150
FUSIL RAFFLES 150
AL DANCER 149
VISION DES FLOS 149
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 148
SLATE HOUSE 148
ORNUA 148
THOMAS DARBY 147
RESERVE TANK 146
ROKSANA  18/19 146
GUMBALL 146
WHOLESTONE 146
TOP NOTCH (Hurdles) 145
GETAWAY TRUMP 144
CHAMP 143
LISP 143
MAIRE BANRIGH 142
QUEL DESTIN 142
MONSIEUR LECOQ 141
FAUGHEEN 141
LADY BUTTONS (Hurdles) 141
TORPILLO 141
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES 140
TORNADO FLYER 140
GARDENS OF BABYLON 140
THYME HILL 140
CHAMPAGNE COURT 139
ABACADABRAS 138
DASHEL DRASHER 138
PUT THE KETTLE ON 138
KILFENORA 138
TORPILLO (Chase) 138
CHAMPAGNE MYSTERY 137
MIDNIGHT RUN 137
MELON 135
JATILUWIH 135
HARAMBE 134
SILVER FOREVER 132
SOVIET PIMPERNEL 132
FLORESSA 132
ENVOI ALLEN 132
TIMEFORM NOVICE CHASERS & HURDLERS

SLATE HOUSE 152p
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 151p
CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC 149p
CHAMP 148p
NOTEBOOK 148p
RESERVE TANK 148p
FAUGHEEN 147p
WINDSOR AVENUE 147p
DJINGLE 146
WICKLOW BRAVE 146
AL DANCER 146p
BLACK OP 146p
BREWIN’UPASTORM 146p
WHOLESTONE 146p
CAIUS MARCIUS 145
BRAHMA BULL 144
MELON 144p
RONALD PUMP 144p
DIABLO DE ROUHET 143p
MIDNIGHT SHADOW 143p
THOMAS DARBY 143p
PACIFY 140
THYME HILL 140p
TURNPIKE TRIP 139
HANG IN THERE 139p
CONCERTISTA 138p
FAST BUCK 137
ABACADABRAS 137P
FLORESSA 137p
TOP MOON 136
JANIDIL 136p
MIDNIGHT RUN 136p
SILVER FOREVER 136p
SEBASTOPOL 135
BORICE 135p
THEBANNERKINGREBEL 135p
CHAMPAGNE WELL 134
DANCING ON MY OWN 134
DOCTOR DUFFY 134
FOVEROS 134p
ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN 135+
DECOR IRLANDAIS 136+
TIMEFORM TOP CHASERS & HURDLERS

ALTIOR 180p
KEMBOY 176
AL BOUM PHOTO 174
MIN 174
CYRNAME 173+
UN DE SCEAUX 170
CHACUN POUR SOI 169p
BRISTOL DE MAI 169x
BALLYOISIN 168
DEFI DU SEUIL 167p
ANIBALE FLY 167
FRODON 167
TIGER ROLL 167
DOUVAN 166+
ASO 166
POLITOLOGUE 166
ROAD TO RESPECT 166
NATIVE RIVER 165+
PRESENTING PERCY 165+
BELLSHILL 165
CLAN DES OBEAUX 165
PAISLEY PARK 166p
BUVEUR D’AIR 163
APPLE’S JADE 162?
PRESENTING PERCY 160+
IF THE CAP FITS 159+
BENIE DES DIEUX 159
SAMCRO 159
VERDANA BLUE 159
MASTER DINO 158
SAM SPINNER 158
SALDIER 157
SUPASUNDAE 157
KLASSICAL DREAM 156p
BAPAUME 156
MR ADJUDICATOR 156
CH’TIBELLO 155
DARASSO 155
SHARJAH 155
AUX PTITS SOINS 154
CALL ME LORD 154
LAURINA 154
MIDNIGHT SHADOW 154
SILVER STREAK 154
TIGER ROLL 154
WILLIAM HENRY 154
   

 

Latest NH Timeform & FSF Ratings

LATEST RATINGS (121119) TIMEFORM FSFs (Form & Speed rating)
BALLYOISIN 168 164
CLAN DES OBEAUX 165 169
ROAD TO RESPECT 166 167
DUC DE GENIEVRES  18/19 161 164
DIEGO DU CHARMIL 158 160
LOSTINTRANSLATION 160 157
SAINT CALVADOS 160 157
FOREST BIHAN 154 156
BALLYOPTIC 161 156
KALASHNIKOV 158 154
A PLUS TARD 18/19 157 154
VINNDICATION 157 154
CILAOS EMERY 155 152
JETT 156 152
THE WORLDS END (HURDLES) 151 152
AL DANCER 151 151
COEUR SUBLIME 148 150
GRAND SANCY 144 150
FUSIL RAFFLES 147 150
VISION DES FLOS 151 149
ORNUA 151 148
ROKSANA  18/19 149 146
RESERVE TANK 148 146
TOP NOTCH (Hurdles) 143 145
THOMAS DARBY 134 145
CHAMP 148 143
QUEL DESTIN 138 142
TORNADO FLYER 141 140
TORPILLO 141 141
LADY BUTTONS (HURDLES) 138 141
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES 141 140
GARDENS OF BABYLON 141 140
MAIRE BANRIGH 142 140
SLATE HOUSE 142 139
RESERVE TANK 135 139
CHAMPAGNE COURT 140 139
DASHEL DRASHER 140 138
ABACADABRAS 138 138
KILFENORA 146 138
CHAMPAGNE MYSTERY 142 137
MELON 144 135
THYME HILL 137 134
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 132 134
SOVIET PIMPERNEL 129 132
ENVOI ALLEN 128 132
SILVER FOREVER 131 130
FURY ROAD 132 129
SURIN 139 128
EMBITTERED 121 128
ANDY DUFRESNE 129 127
SIXSHOOTER 120 111
TIME FLIES BY 106 104
WHITE HART LADY 105 101

 

Latest Timeform & FSFs NH 1920

GRAHAM RICHARDS ONLINE

TIMEFORM FSFS
CLAN DES OBEAUX 165 169
ROAD TO RESPECT 166 167
DIEGO DU CHARMIL 158 160
LOSTINTRANSLATION 160 157
SAINT CALVADOS 160 157
FOREST BIHAN 154 156
BALLYOPTIC 161 156
KALASHNIKOV 158 154
VINNDICATION 157 153
JETT 156 152
THE WORLDS END (HURDLES) 151 152
AL DANCER 151 151
COEUR SUBLIME 148 150
QUEL DESTIN 138 142
TORPILLO 141 141
LADY BUTTONS (HURDLES) 138 141
SLATE HOUSE 142 139
RESERVE TANK 135 139
THYME HILL 137 134
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 132 134
SOVIET PIMPERNEL 129 132
ENVOI ALLEN 128 132
SIXSHOOTER 120 111
TIME FLIES BY 106 104
WHITE HART LADY 105 101

Diego Du Charmil

Wednesday 06 November 2019

 Diego Du Charmil

I have been asked by a few people about Saturday’s incident. I am staggered DDC was allowed to keep the race. The stewards are there to concentrate on the facts without emotion or sentiment. For me, this is not about jumping the fence. It is about the horse not keeping a straight line (Not the jockey’s fault) in the closing stages of a race. The facts show the horse, for whatever reason, swerving violently, thereby removing any chance Capeland had of winning. It is my understanding the stewards allowed the result to stand as they felt it was not the jockey’s fault. That is surely the case; however, the final decision should be based on the outcome of the interference. That resulted in any chance of success that a rallying Capeland held, disappearing into the mists of time. In conclusion, would a horse in a Bumper or flat race swerving in that manner be allowed to keep a race. I think not, the horse would be disqualified, with the likelihood of the jockey being exonerated.

Graham Richards

Independent racing journalist