What higher strategy to kick off 2024 than some New 12 months’s Day Racing throughout the likes of Cheltenham, Fairyhouse, and Tramore?
As many will know, Cheltenham is an area observe of mine and as such, I’ll be attending Monday’s assembly, however horses are operating in each the UK and Eire that I’m eager to maintain onside.
So, for the primary column in 2024, listed here are my full fancies.
12:30 Tramore – Belle The Lioness @ 4/1
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Anybody who took be aware of my pre-Cheltenham Pageant chat across the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle will know my love for Belle The Lioness.
She didn’t dwell as much as my hype when it got here to March, however with a summer time on her again and race health on her aspect, I’m backing her to return to the winners’ enclosure on her handicap debut.
The seven-year-old first got here onto my radar after her staying-on second to Liberty Dance, a 131-rated mare, at Thurles in December. The Mannequin Kingdom was again in third, who can be rated within the 130s, and he or she managed to get comparatively close to Impaire Et Passe on her subsequent begin at Punchestown.
Simple as you want for Liberty Dance within the Listed Billy Harney Memorial @IrishEBF_ Mares Novice Hurdle, with the five-year-old justifying favouritism in good model within the palms of @_Davy_Russel_ for coach @gelliott_racing 🏆 pic.twitter.com/87C4ysrwyC
— Thurles Racecourse (@thurlesraces) December 18, 2022
Though she was disappointing at Wexford in November, her run means that she both badly wanted it or hated the bottom. With kind on smooth to heavy from her bumper victory in April 2022, one would counsel that it was her lack of race health that contributed to her defeat.
Hopefully, Henry de Bromhead has her again as a result of off a mark of 119, I feel she might be well-handicapped.
2:10 Exeter – Geezer Rockstar @ 7/4
Over at Exeter, one other horse who I’ve been excited to see this season is Geezer Rockstar and he’s set to make his second begin over hurdles.
Harry Fry’s five-year-old was barely disappointing on hurdles debut at Taunton last-time-out, however I’m not keen to surrender on him based mostly on what he confirmed at Taunton in a bumper in April.
Geezer Rockstar 🎸 wins impressively on debut @TauntonRacing for @HarryFryRacing1 and house owners Doubtfire, Haring, Thornton & Davies
The 4yo by Getaway (@coolmorestud) was bought by @LKFBloodstock to Kevin Ross Bloodstock at #GoffsArkle 💫#TheNewBest pic.twitter.com/cMU4RU2mBz
— Goffs (@Goffs1866) April 13, 2023
Moreover, the opposition at Exeter doesn’t look the strongest; Pentire Head might be his greatest rival based mostly on his second to Johnnywho at Taunton in March, however he’s nonetheless a piece in progress and can doubtless be higher subsequent season.
With this in thoughts, Geezer Rockstar deserves respect and has loads of scope to return to the winners’ enclosure.
3:50 Cheltenham – La Marquise @ 5/2
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Within the final at Cheltenham, La Marquise impressed immensely on her first begin at Stratford in early November.
Having spoken to Jamie Snowden previous to her first run, he hoped for a very good run although she was all the time going to come back on for her debut outing.
Spectacular debut from La Marquise, the half-sister to Willie Mullins’ Mister Policeman.
She’s had to do this the laborious means from the entrance underneath @GavinSheehan92.
Comparatively cosy on the finish as effectively, suggesting she has lots extra to come back.@jamiesnowden pic.twitter.com/nlBf3abluj https://t.co/v4mr9CoNxU
— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) November 2, 2023
She actually did produce a “good run” because the four-year-old by Beaumec De Houelle, a first-season sire who beat Pic D’Orhy within the Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres in 2018, quickened away properly on smooth floor to win by two lengths. Gavin Sheehan solely required one use of the whip at Stratford, so there ought to be extra to come back.
Each the second, Love Tree, and the fifth, Dameofthecotswolds, have gained since, so hopefully La Marquise can oblige in receipt of weight from the boys.
1:20 Catterick – Chase A Fortune @ 12/1
Small fields have made each-way choices tough at Cheltenham, although there’s an opportunity that Chase A Fortune might be well-handicapped over at Catterick.
The Chris Grant-trained six-year-old has underperformed in handicap firm this season which has been barely stunning based mostly on his 15-length maiden hurdle success over course and distance in February.
🗣️ Nice to see Chris Grant again within the winner’s enclosure at @CatterickRaces.
Chase A Fortune is his first winner this season, with 15 of his 72 runners since April ending second. 😮 pic.twitter.com/LXRv9QwnNy
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 28, 2023
his earlier kind in novice hurdles, the Cannock Chase gelding was racing in opposition to eventual 120-rated horses like Chapel Inexperienced, Don Hole, and Astromachia.
Since then, the handicapper has dropped him to a mark of 105 and together with his earlier kind on smooth floor, right now may see him return to his greatest.
2:40 Cheltenham – My Bobby Dazzler @ 12/1
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In a race stuffed with questions – specifically, if a number of enhancing horses can deal with an increase within the weights – it appears to be like as if My Boby Dazzler may do some injury off a useful mark of 119.
Mel Rowley’s nine-year-old has a good report round Prestbury Park based mostly on his two fourth-place efforts within the 2021-22 season.
Though he has promising kind on good floor, specifically when behind The Altering Man and Younger Butler in a worthwhile handicap at Haydock in April, he bolted up on deplorable floor in December 2021 off a mark of 118.
⭐️ Mel Rowley has a pleasant group of horses & My Bobby Dazzler opens his account on the third time of asking underneath Guidelines underneath @AEdwards90 at @AintreeRaces
Outcomes & free replays ➡ https://t.co/sBcsavHpYf pic.twitter.com/MFiNtBVi2k
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) Could 14, 2021
Connections tried their hand at fences with My Bobby Dazzler and he did effectively to win at Worcester in June earlier than a very good fourth at Ludlow on his final begin, although the Malinas gelding is again over hurdles which ought to go well with him.
His previous few runs have recommended the outdated spark remains to be there and if that’s the case, right now might be a very good day to maintain the religion.