‘That confidence can flow through the reins’
A competition usually reserved for the pursuer of a progressive second season, Fiddlerontherof fit that bill perfectly. Five of the last ten winners ran in Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA as it was) last season. Colin Tizzard took the runner-up against Monkfish, the 2022 Gold Cup favorite before being dropped from the season.
The home team of Colin Tizzard Stadium this season is having a much better record than the previous couple. They took this win with Native River in 2016 and also finished with Elegant Escape back in 2018 and 2019. Brendan Powell is driving better than at any point in his career right now and self-assured. Tin can flow through the reins. – Matt Newman
‘He is a price too great to be ignored’
It was a big claim on top weight but I was inclined Brahma cow for Kerry National 50-1 at Listowel and he ran a heavyweight post-cookie. He felt that Assemble was treated well that day, but he proved his class and proved that he was more than capable of running a major race outside the weight class.
The 10-year-old is now over 4lb at weights but he’s in the class, who won the Pat Taaffe Chase in Punchestown back in May, once again in the top weight class. He’s only been beaten three lengths by Galvin in 3rd grade at Punchestown in October, and this kind of test will be right up his sleeve. He can go from the front or he can be awaited, evident from his Listowel run, where he picks up the pieces at the end. Willie Mullins is starting to return to form so he is too big a price to ignore. – Adrian Wall
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