Nico de Boinville: He has finished second in a Supreme and third in an Arkle
Yorkhill is the best horse in the race, but if he underperforms then there are three or four in here who can take advantage. Top Notch is obviously one and, although he isn’t the biggest, he does have a bit of scope. He is a stuffy horse and has taken a while to get fit, and he put up his best performance at Sandown last time. We also have Kilcrea Vale and he is progressing well to judge from his Fontwell win, though he clearly needs to improve a good deal to figure.
I don’t have a ride in the Pertemps.
Only eight runners but a very strong field and Josses Hill is officially rated 13lb inferior to Un De Sceaux. However, he has been working and schooling really well and has finished second in a Supreme and third in an Arkle and he was only half-fit when we beat Camping Ground in a match at Kempton on his reappearance. He then won the Peterborough in great style and was only beaten 7 lengths in the King George. He is jumping a lot better these days, and the guvnor has put the cheekpieces back on today, so here is hoping.
I find it hard to see past Unowhatimeanharry in this.
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We took a crashing fall at Kempton last time – he was travelling really well at the time, even if we had only done a lap – and it is fair to say his recent runs haven’t gone to plan. But if you look back at his Chepstow win from two seasons ago – when he gave 8lb and a beating to the likes of As De Mee, Native River and Blaklion – then he is clearly well handicapped off a mark of 145. He needs to do it on the track now, but he has the ability.
We have Verdana Blue in here and she is an improving 5yo, but she will probably need to progress a good deal again to beat some of these. She has a definite squeak, though.
I haven’t had a look at the race, as is stands, sorry.
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