Completely agree with you about School Boy Hours kj 23Just wanted to post some thoughts from the other day I lost.
Braeside I agree Happy, could be interesting in soft national, old style, very Presenting, a big barrel
The winner in the PP at Leopardstown not too small Presenting as well. Jumping travelling...
Again I was not bowled over by Enjoy D'allens finish there, flat out and he is pretty small and low. Just not sure about him at all
and having been the one who bought him up by name, maybe its just the demise of Latest Exhibition thats making me feel this way about him, I saw Latest as more of an Aintree prospect. I just don't see Enjoy winning, its funny he doesn't seem to 'enjoy' himself enough, that might see him round in a business like manner but he lacks a spark and a finish. Not too keen.
Certainly Braeside and School Boy are young and green looking, much like Minella Times and Farclas last Yr!
there could be a big day for them both next Yr or this! Braeside up in OR enou by to get in the big one maybe?.. like many a presenting horse I like their scope and that they look like they have more to give once they learn.
Can it really be another year for an unfinished looking winner?! there's alot of it about..
I agree not targeting this race seems to be creating a void, esp when hopes at the end of last term are not really performing.
I was wondering about form lines around/ in front of Mister Fogpatches, who seems to lack a gear to ever win himself.
Braeside beat him 22l in the national chase at Cork.
Run Wild Fred, Farclas only marginally in front of Fogpatches recently and as usual I'm looking back wondering if we really saw any great quality in the SN with Mighty and Dingo rated a bit higher there, wasn't that much put between them and Fogpatches
As for Freewheelin it was disappointing, but I'm inclined to be happy he's got 4 legs and was on the wrong ground at this point. Hopefully like a few he's not peaked and a flash in the pan.
Like I said I feel we are holding a bunch of dodgy looking cards right now.
I'd assumed his Irish OR142 wouldn't be good enough to get in but, if Galvin doesn't line up, there'll likely be a much lower OR for the topweight this year and, in any event, the possibility of a 2-3lb "Irish premium" down the weights when they're framed, so maybe he'll get in off his current mark.
The Paddy Power Hdcp's become a good pointer in recent years (especially for JP's GN hopefuls - Gilgamboa, Anibale Fly, Minella Times).
Like Minella Times, he's unexposed at 26f+ (though only beaten 3.5L by Eklat De Rire as Beginners over 25.5f) but his pedigree looks good GN-wise. From the family of Bonanza Boy so, despite the handicap hike since Leopardstown, may well have a lot more to show the further the trip.
Will definitely be carrying a shilling or two of mine e/w if he lines up and the ground's decent.