Ray Flanagan with Cheltenham Day One selections
thought for the day: “I enjoyed getting my racing post and having my breakfast down the town this morning”
Cheltenham 1.30- Angels Breath
Not a vintage renewal. Angels Breath is highly regarded by Nicky Henderson who knows a thing or two about what a good hurdler is. Showed sufficient speed when winning on hurdles debut at Ascot and showed aptitude for soft when winning a 3 mile point to point.
Beaten in the Dovecote at Kempton last time but should relish this stiffer test of stamina and to my mind looks the most likely star in the line up if there is one.
Cheltenham 2.50- Up for Review
Lightly raced for a ten year old and decent novice hurdle efforts a few seasons ago. Ran a very good race recently in the Thyestes covering a lot of ground out wide before tiring late on. Looks well handicapped and could easily win if stamina holds out.
Cheltenham 4.50-Riders on The Storm and Solumn Grundy
A tricky heat. Riders On The Storm has been a buzz horse in recent weeks and I am inclined to believe the hype which is suggesting Taaffe has been laying him out for this. Has strong heavy ground form over hurdles including a close second to Hardline at Naas. Chasing form on the face of it needs improving but showed good change of gear when winning at Punchestown recently. Not guaranteed to stay but boasts a similar profile to Tully East who won here two years ago and could be the one.
Solumn Grundy looks worth a flyer at decent odds. He has good previous course form and boasts two strong efforts in Ireland at Naas and in the Paddy Power over Christmas. Connections have had the National in mind but possible that he is not an out and out stayer and could be better served by going back in trip here.
Cheltenham 5.30- Discorama
Fine effort in the Martin Pipe last season when second to Blow By Blow. Steadily building over fences and nothing wring with latest effort at Naas prior to taking a heavy fall at the last. Nolan team carrying a lot of stable confidence behind this one and could win granted a clear round.
2 pts ew- Angels Breath-1.30 Cheltenham-5-1 William Hill- 7 places
1 pt ew-Up For Review-2.50 Cheltenham-8-1 SkyBet-6 places
1 pt win-Riders On The Storm-4.50 Cheltenham-9-1 General
1 pt ew- Solumn Grundy-4.50 Cheltenham-22-1 General
1 pt ew- Discorama-5.30 Cheltenham-6-1 General