This horse was banged into this list the second he passed the post on March 11th. I had heard nothing but positive vibes about this one but I’ve never really been one for trusting to how a horse is performing on the gallops at home….not since CROWNED PRINCE, trained by the great Vincent O’Brien and ridden by Lester Piggott, proved that catching pigeons at home was one thing, doing it on a racecourse something entirely different.
I recall doing the following profile on the race the horse I have as No.1 on my list won on seasonal debut at Cheltenham and the “word” had been 100% spot on. It beat my 25/1 selection into 2nd, a neck in it as they passed the winning post.
Here’s the deal…I find you the winner of this and you drop another tenner into the Garden pot!
The last five winners have gone past the winning post priced 14/1, 16/1, 16/1, 33/1….only two favourites have finished in the first three since Hillary took the flag off Tensing and popped it on top of a mountain so, a tenner, at the very least, please!!
I wouldn’t want to be on a horse carrying more than 11st 2lb….only three of the last 14 carried more than that. The last two have done so but right now I have to
I’m looking for horses that had visited the winners enclosure at least once this season and it’s a fact six of the last 10 winners had actually won last time out and had Whisper not gone down by just a head to this years World Hurdle tissue leader before taking this race last year, that would have looked an even stronger stat
My first shortlist consists of runners:
VOLNAY DE THAIX
VASCO DE RONCERAY
AUX PTITS SOINS
I’ve gone back a little while more and noted that 10 of the last 20 winners had come into this off the back of a win and we need that kind of help!
AUX PTITS SOINS
Second season hurdlers have a growing reputation when it comes to winning this race (eight of the last 10 have done the job)
AUX PTITS SOINS
The last of that quartet is simply unfathomable from my point of view. Never seen in this country, only ever raced on French gloop and he currently trades joint favourite.
I will be dutching the three above him but looking for one horse to carry the Robinson shekels I will be trusting to the Irish.
It’s a fact that four of the last five Irish trained winners had not raced since January and one of ZABANA and TTEBBOB qualifies:
ZABANA – 20/80
It’s one for gentle staking!”
AUX PTITS SOINS was the horse I’d heard all about and I had run trough his French form to see if I could possibly run with it. I couldn’t. All form prior to racing at Cheltenham had come on proper French heavy ground and it was genuine good ground at Prestbury Park. My profiling had him in my final four with the runner up but I would have been guessing had I dropped one of that other trio.
I now know how good he is. He is unbeaten over the smaller obstacles and if he comes close to living up to the reputation he has at home then he’s serious kit.
He is my number one hope for profit from this section, this season coming and if you can garb some 20’s for the RSA Chase, get on e.w.