It was another cracking day at the Festival yesterday as Bryony guided Frodon to victory in the Ryanair!
The whole place was rocking and it was brilliant to land such a big prize with such a brave horse. With any luck we’ll have a Friday to remember too.
Sir Erec is obviously the one to beat in the Triumph as he’s looked impressive when winning twice in Ireland.
He handled on sorts of ground on the Flat so whatever the weather does, it shouldn’t cause an issue.
However, we hope we can down him with our contender Quel Destin.
He’s won five on the bounce, both on good and soft ground.
We know he likes the track which is a bonus and he’s super tough and very consistent. I think he’ll put up a big show.
Pic D’Orhy has his first run for us after showing some good form in France.
He won’t mind if there’s a bit more rain and has done everything nicely so far at home.
Dad’s looking forward to him in the future and he’ll be chasing at some point.
Ecco is our third runner. He was a decent horse on the Flat in Germany and has probably come forward from his good run in the Adonis.
It’s a huge ask for him but it would be nice to see him run a good race.
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We run Capitaine off a pretty low weight and he has a definite each-way chance.
He won at Taunton last time out and is coming into this in good order.
It’s possible he prefers going right-handed but he did run well at this track last year and I think he’s in better shape than he was then.
They’ll go fast which will help him as he’s a strong traveller and hopefully he’ll be there pitching at the end.
I know the Skeltons fancy Ch’tibello a lot and he’s had a wind operation since last seen finishing second at Aintree.
They think a fair bit of him and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him run a big race.
We haven’t got a runner in the Albert Bartlett and I reckon Commander Of Fleet is the one to beat.
His only defeat was at Fairyhouse and they gave him a break after that before he won well at Leopardstown.
He stays all day and this trip will suit him very well. He looks a true stayer and has Grade 1 form now which is a help.
People were questioning Gordon Elliott’s form but he certainly silenced the doubters with a double on Wednesday.
Clan Des Obeaux is one of our best chances of the week and he seems in great form.
He won his last two nicely in the King George and Denman Chase and has improved massively this year.
He couldn’t be in better shape coming into it and if the track dries up a bit more it’ll be perfect for him.
They’ll be racing on the New Course so the ground will be that little bit fresher and I’m confident he’ll run a massive race.
Indeed the more the ground dries, the more it won’t suit the likes of Native River and Presenting Percy.
The latter is a good horse in his own right but hasn’t had an ideal prep and it’s hard to assess him.
I wouldn’t swap ours for anything.
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Pacha Du Polder was slightly disappointing on his return but did the same thing last season and just seems to come to himself at this time of year.
He’s won the last two runnings of this so if he can bounce back to his best then he obviously has a good chance.
Harriet rides again and knows him well.
Ucello Conti has been a good horse in the past and his confidence is up at the moment, so he’s one of the big dangers, and I also think Caid Du Berlais could go very well for Rose Loxton.
I’m not sure whether Road To Rome will be quite good enough for this.
We run Magic Saint in this and the race should suit him well.
It’s taken a while for us to get to grips with him but Dad always though dropping back to two miles would see him in a better light and he duly won well at Wincanton last time out.
If the ground dries out a bit it would help but he definitely has a good chance.
Le Prezien won this race last year and is only 1lb higher as he bids to win it for a second time.
He needs to bounce back to his best but he’s a tough horse so could well do better back in this contest.
The ground won’t be an issue as he likes a bit of cut.
Brelan d’As has a lovely racing weight and Bryony Frost knows him well.
He needs to relax and jump but could run into a place.
If You Say Run is as consistent as they come and has hardly been out of the frame under rules.
She has to race from the top of the weights but it’s a funny race and they often run well from high up in the handicap.
I think this trip will be perfect for her as you need a good stayer to win this and she’s been plying her trade over three miles.
A bigger field will suit her, as will going left-handed. Bryony is on board which is a big help in a race like this as she has so much experience.
I hope she can run a big race.