In the first of a two-part series, Chad Yeomans sits down with Betway ambassadors Katie…
CY: We’ll transfer on to the novice divisions and a horse that everybody is speaking about: Envoi Allen. Ross, I’ll begin with you, how good may he be?
ROS: He’s nearly as good as you’ll see. He was 1/14 to win just a few weeks in the past in Down Royal. I used to be there and he was foot excellent in every part. It’s very, very exhausting to seek out any fault in him. He’s the horse that any coach would need to have – he’s a dream horse. He’s going to be very brief wherever and each time he runs, however he’s only a beautiful horse to look at and marvel at.
CY: For the Marsh Chase, which his apparently his meant goal, he’s presently the favorite, which is extremely brief. Katie, we watched the Ballymore final yr and, coming down the hill, we have been considering, ‘he may get beat right here.’ However, like all good horses, he was given a squeeze and away he went.
KW: Good horses, it doesn’t matter what occurs, will get you out of a gap. The identical as when he acquired left firstly within the Champion Bumper the yr earlier than. Spherical the skin, he whizzes up, it was identical to driving a unique automotive. He may undoubtedly be a future Gold Cup horse and, have you learnt what, I believe we’d like it. A few divisions have been fairly mild on their toes for the final couple of years. Racing wants horses like Envoi Allen. I simply hope he stays properly, because it’s so exhausting to maintain these horses sound.
CY: I fairly prefer it’s been mentioned that Envoi Allen goes for the Marsh, as it’s going to depart the Arkle and RSA fairly open, slightly than scaring off different horses. Who’re the novices that you just’re trying ahead to seeing?
Envoi Allen. Supply: Getty Pictures
ROS: I’m actually trying ahead to seeing Monkfish. I assumed he was an excellent horse final yr and was excellent at Cheltenham when he received. He beat Newest Exhibition that day, who was very spectacular in his first run over fences in Punchestown a few weeks in the past. The additional he went, the higher he acquired, which I like to see. They’re the 2 novices I’m actually trying ahead to seeing. We haven’t seen Monkfish this season, however he seems like a horse to leap a fence – he’s an enormous horse.
KW: Newest Exhibition could be very very similar to Paisley Park. He’s not a really sturdy traveller. In the event you see him, his ears transfer rather a lot. He’s sort of watching and looking out. He’s on the bridle, he’s off the bridle. It’s by no means very flashy, however the extra you get caught into him, the extra he provides, and that’s all the time good.
CY: And, Katie, we’ve spoken quite a few instances about Shishkin for Nicky Henderson. He was almost introduced down within the Supreme after which flew up the hill to beat Abacadabras. Do you suppose he might be the sort to go unbeaten this season and go off a short-price favorite for the Arkle?
KW: That’s what it seems like. He’s simply an excellent horse as a result of, once more, he can get you out of conditions that common horses can’t. That’s the distinction.
ROS: Like Monkfish, he’s one other former point-to-point winner. These horses that win their point-to-points after which go to the observe, it undoubtedly helps them an terrible lot, jumping-wise, once they go novice chasing. In contrast to Champ, who took little bit of warming up final yr to get his leaping collectively, I believe the likes of Shishkin and Monkfish will take to fences rather well.
CY: Going again to Champ, I fairly like when horses do win after making a mistake, because it often exhibits they’ve rather a lot below the bonnet.
ROS: No doubt. Usually, if their leaping isn’t championship commonplace, they don’t win, however he did win. In order that’s an indication of a severe engine.
CY: It could be one thing, wouldn’t it, if a horse named after AP McCoy did go on to win a Gold Cup, which is what he was purchased for. We’ll contact rapidly on the novice hurdlers. Ferny Hole, Respect It and Ballyadam are the three names that appear like they’re going to dominate in your aspect of the Irish Sea. I haven’t seen a novice this aspect that has been too spectacular to date.
ROS: Ballyadam was very spectacular the opposite weekend in Down Royal. It was a 12-length win, he couldn’t have received it any simpler than what he did. It in all probability wasn’t the strongest of contests, however I do know there’s lots of discuss him and he’s held in excessive consideration in that yard.
Shishkin. Supply: Getty Pictures
Eire v England
KW: The benefit we now have right here is that we now have to take one another on much more than what the English horses do. It’s exhausting to actually get behind one thing in England when, typically, they will dodge lots of bullets after which meet in Cheltenham and nobody actually is aware of the place they stand till the race is over. Whereas we now have the Morgiana weekend, all of us have to fulfill at Leopardstown at Christmas time, that’s the place everybody will go, so our playing cards are laid on the desk. Prefer it or not, you’ll know the place you stand after Christmas.
What’s good about that’s that horses actually get to discover ways to race correctly when it will get aggressive behind the second-last or the final. I believe that may typically be a bonus when it will get tight in Cheltenham, if you happen to’re used to having to combat your nook and get down and soiled and dig in and combat.
In England, horses can win by 10 or 12 lengths and other people go, ‘God, he regarded like an airplane,’ however, actually, behind your thoughts, you’re considering: ‘I’m wondering what he’ll discover off the bridle? Will he discover something off the bridle?’ You don’t actually know till that button is pressed. However, in Eire, that button has to get pressed, as a result of there’s any individual respiration down your neck, so you already know precisely what’s there and what’s not there.
CY: I typically say, 95 per cent of the time, if a horse wins by 10, 12 or 15 lengths on the bridle, it often says extra about what you’ve crushed than the horse that you’re. I’ll get one horse to observe from each of you. We’ll begin with you Katie – one identify that the Betway prospects ought to observe?
Concertista. Supply: Getty Pictures
Horses to observe
KW: I like a mare than received the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle final yr with Daryl Jacob, Concertista. It’s very uncommon once you learn race feedback at Cheltenham and it says: ‘Got here down the hill straightforward and was very spectacular.’ Full cease. Normally, in Cheltenham, it’s, ‘this occurred on the second final,’ or ‘it was a combat the entire method so far as the road.’ Only a few horses get a remark about being very spectacular, as a result of that’s the actual check. I don’t know what her plan is or the place she’s going however she’s most actually my one to look at.
CY: And, Ross, what about you?
ROS: I’d just like the horse that was second within the Champion Bumper final yr, Respect It. She did issues the exhausting method, was ridden helpful all the way in which, and simply acquired achieved on the road by Ferny Hole. He’ll in all probability go leaping and might be extra of a staying kind of horse than something, however he’d be the horse I’d wish to observe for the season.
CY: And are there any horses from the point-to-point scene you suppose we must always observe?
ROS: There are three horses which have received their point-to-points impressively, have price a proper few quid and appear like they’re going to be progressive varieties to go onto the observe – in all probability as bumper horses this yr and see how they progress.
One is known as Hole Video games, who received by seven lengths at Punchestown on debut for Gordon Elliott final weekend after being purchased from James Doyle. Gars De Sceaux is one other out of Gordon’s who got here from Denis Murphy. And the third horse got here from Pat Doyle and has gone to Henry de Bromhead, a horse referred to as Bob Olinger. He’s gone into the Robcour colors.
CY: I’ve heard rather a lot about Bob Olinger. He’s for the Ballymore and barely longer for the Supreme and the Albert Bartlett. We’ve had individuals requesting these costs so that they will need to have seen his point-to-point video already.
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