The jumps season has reached halfway already, where does time go?! Another cracking weekend of action, headlined by the by International meeting at Cheltenham, which was complete with the obligatory wrong path chaos in the Cross-Country race!
The market has hinted that this years Champion Hurdler Hurricane Fly is evidently going well at home and Ladbrokes cut Willie Mullins’ charge to 6/4 from 2/1 before the weekend. The best price now is a standout 2/1 with Sportingbet.
Grandouet was very impressive in taking the Stan James International Hurdle and was cut to 5/1 from 14/1 with Ladbrokes. William Hill offer a best priced 7/1 about Nicky Henderson’s charge. Barry Geraghty gave the gelding a superb ride and it more than justified the single figure quotes for March. Menorah was disappointing, Philip Hobbs revealed the horse had a foot infection, but it still remains to be seen whether it will go back to novice chasing instead of staying over the smaller obstacles. Menorah was generally 16/1 for the Champion Hurdle before Saturday’s forth, and can now be backed at 33′s.
Bet365 have halved the price of Joncol for the Gold Cup from 50/1 to 25/1 after it finished second to Rubi Light in the John Durkan at Punchestown, the suspicion being that the longer trip would suit. The winner was cut to 16/1 by Sportingbet but Rubi Light fans can still avail themselves of the 20/1 that Victor Chandler are stand out with.
The other big mover after the weekend’s Cheltenham meeting has been Baby Mix, the French raider has been cut to 8/1 from 10/1 by Stan James. In receipt of 7lb it gave smart performer Hinterland a sound beating, so looks a worthy market leader.
After the Lord’s Mayor show, comes, er Plumpton, and I can’t wait! It’s a great few days coming up for your truly, on Friday I am going to the sober and refined Palace named after Princess Alexandra for some top tungsten tossing! The inset picture is of Alex and myself there last year.
After the weekend (potentially doing Long Walk at Ascot) we are off for a meal at Plumpton. My lovely Wife has got me a birthday present of a new set of bins, so looking forward to testing them out. Proper jumps weather at present, so will also be equipping myself with gloves and scarf!