And now, hopefully with more interest to you, are my choices for Saturday.
12.50 A great start to the day and I can now not look beyond Sam Winner. RUK Angus asked Ruby about the next race and Ruby interrupted him to point out that the selection in the first race was perhaps the choice of the day (bear that in mind in terms of what’s to follow!). Looking like very good value at current 9/2. Well tried in France and why is Nicholls giving him his first UK outing here?
1.20 With some reluctance I’m going to oppose Billie Magern and go with Wayward Prince for a big win at Cheltenham for Ian Williams and Dougie Costello.
1.55 If Razor Royale can get anywhere near his best then he’s got the measure of this lot. First race back may be a positive.
2.35 This is a proper race as it should be. I’m prepared to buy the hype and think that that Long Run has been brought to the UK because he’s a very good horse but this is the defining test (at least for now). 3/1 could turn out to be very good value, particularly taking into account that Ruby thinks that Poquelin has too much weight, let alone his tendency to have a “Big Bucks” style weak spot in the race. Notwithstanding previous performances, there’s no room for that in this year’s field and a further reason to think that an out and out good galloper will prevail. Wouldn’t put the house on him but I’d like to see Long Run win well to set up a great King George. Just so it’s noted in advance, can’t have Mad Max or Tchico Polos.
3.10 I can’t see any reason to disagree with RP: Cross Kennon to beat Sir Harry Ormesher.
3.40 I won’t pretend to have any view about this one. I’ll see what happens on the day and post my choice probably about five minutes before the off.