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Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:22 am
I have a small ew interest in Rock onRuby once they confirmed this was its target
Classy former champion hurdler that now stays longer... Worth the risk to try over the longer distance Imo and value ew price in a wide open race
Then I went to trials day and saw Saphir Du Rheau and was very impressed by the way it won and this will be my main bet of the race now after it obliged so well for me before.
I think course form is important and with Annie power looking like mares hurdle and last yrs winner being ruled out I think it's now between these 2 and think SDR is proven over c and d and not just course so I think they have found a new big bucks maybe.... Time will tell.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:53 am
Rock On Ruby would be the bet here as gets 21f whilst forcing the pace, so don\'t see an issue him getting 24f. Obviously he needs fast ground and see him outclassing these as long as Annie Power goes for the Mares\'. I only really see Zarkandar as a danger if getting the trip as Saphir DR was only a top class handicapper over hurdles and struggled to beat RDS last time out....(I backed RDS so may be a bit annoyed still! ðŸ˜³)
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:14 am
I still can't get away from Monksland. I've been backing him for weeks now and am convinced he's about to show what he's promised for a few years.
I'll never forget the race he ran in the 2012 Neptune behind Simonsig. He was hampered quite badly and still stayed on really well to finish 3rd and although he wouldn't have got to the winner, would definitely have finished second.
I also believe the better ground at Cheltenham will suit him so much more than the tacky/bottomless going he's been forced to endure in Ireland. He's only ever ran twice on ground with 'Good' in the description, once was the Cheltenham run in 2012 and the other he easily won a Grade Two.
His run in the G1 Christmas Hurdle in Ireland after a 730 day break was eye-catching to say the least and there could be reasons for his last time out narrow defeat (bounce factor, kicked on a bit early ect).
It's a wide-open year with no stand-out horse and I'm convinced we'll see the best Monksland you'll ever see on the day. Whether that's good enough we'll see, but I think it will be and the 16/1 still on offer today is huge.
If he wins we'll be off to the Bahamas for our next holiday and if not......well we may have to settle for Bognor!!
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:26 am
Bognor is lovely, or so say the people who have never been!
It's certainly a wide open contest, the most open Championship race I can remember for years.
I'm struggling to come up with a viable opinion myself, have SDR @ 10's and Briar Hill at 14's, may have to follow the gamble then if its a cert!
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:54 am
The only cert is that night follows day, but I really do like his chances.
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:14 am
Death & Tax!
Monksland probably slips under most people's radar due to the lenghly absence of 2 years, but 2 encouraging runs back on Soft ground. They never tend to come back as good as they were however.
What was the injury, presume a tendon for that length of time?
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:57 am
Solwhit was off for quite some time before coming back to win this very same race.
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:24 pm
I'm a fan of Monksland, as you know Dean, but I was a bit disappointed by his run lto.
I felt he was close enough if good enough and he was run out of it. He will have to improve a stone and more to get involved. I'm not saying that he can't... better ground is going to help, a stronger pace probably will, he almost certainly had something left to work on, but I wouldn't be running to laddies at current prices.
I am on at 20/1+ though and I'm not tempted to lay if off.
He has been steadily being backed in this market as well, which has to be seen as a positive.
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:08 pm
Any idea who AP's ride will be in this? If I was him I would be doing everything possible to avoid riding At Fishers Cross, so what other options would he have?
With Noel Fehily riding Zarkandar could he ride Rock on Ruby?
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:25 pm
He'll be riding whatever his boss says he's riding, he wont let JP down!
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:38 pm
Tony McCoy quashed speculation linking him with the ride on Rock On Ruby in the Ladbrokes
World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
With the 10-year-old's regular partner Noel Fehily confirming on Thursday he will partner Zarkandar in the Grade One event, there have been suggestions trainer Harry Fry could turn to McCoy to partner the 2012 Champion Hurdle winner after his likely mount, last year's winner More Of That, was ruled out of the race.
But with McCoy's boss JP McManus still set to be represented by At Fishers Cross, who is as big as 50-1 after having endured a disappointing run of form since finishing third in last year's World Hurdle, the perennial champion jockey does not expect to be available.
He said: "At the moment, if At Fishers Cross runs in the race, I will be riding him as he will be in the green and gold colours."
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:28 pm
Tell you what, 50/1 for a horse who definitely has the ability to win if he puts it together is huge. If he puts it together.