Unbelievable tipping by Lorcan this afternoon, who also added the 15/2 winner trained by his guv’nor Harry Fry, when LOVE ENVOI romped home in the Mares!
1.30pm Triumph Hurdle
“I quite like Pied Piper here, he has winning course and distance form to his name and beat favourite Vauban at Punchestown when the both made their debuts. I think he settled far better last time out and he will take all the beating here, and to be honest, I’d have him as favourite here. Knight Salute is one to consider at a bigger price and he has won all his five starts over hurdles including three Grade Two’s and he really shouldn’t be an 18/1 shot”.
2.10pm County Hurdle
“I Like To Move It is the one I like here. He was only beaten a shoer-head in the Betfair Hurdle last time out, and although he has been put up 4lb for that he is certainly going the right way. I think he has a live chance tomorrow and he should go close. Surprise Package is another I like after he won the Imperial Cup last weekend, and as long as this race doesn’t come a bit too quickly for him, then he has to be there or thereabouts here carrying a 5lb penalty”.
2.50pm Albert Bartlett
“I really like Hillcrest here, he unseated Richard Patrick here in January but that wasn’t his fault, and other than that he has done nothing wrong. The track really didn’t suit him at Haydock last time out but he still won, which is the sign of a good horse, and remember, he has already won here so we know he handles the rack”.
3.30pm Cheltenham Gold Cup
“This looks very open this year, but I can’t look past Al Boum Photo who I think as got a right good chance. They are putting the headgear on today for the first time at a track we know he loves, and he seems sure to be there at the finish. If you are looking for one at a massive price, how about Santini? He looked to be coming back to his best when second to Chantry House here in the Cotswold Chase and if they can get him back to the form that saw him finish second in this race in 2020, he won’t be far away for a 66/1 shot”.
4.10pm Hunter Chase
“Pont Aven for me in this one. He was pretty smart when trained by Willie Mullins and impressed me when winning a Hunter Chase very easily at Ludlow last month. He has a good chance here as well. Cousin Pascal is another who could go well, he won the Foxhunters at Aintree last year and hasn’t done a lot wrong this year either”.
4.50pm Mare’s Chase
“Willie Mullins’ Elimay was only narrowly beaten in this race last year and although she hasn’t really matched that form yet this season, you can be sure Willie will have her spot-on for this. I also want to give a shout out for Pink legend at a much bigger price. She may not be the most consistent, but she has good course and distance form to her name, and there is no reason why she can’t get involved in the finish is she can repeat that here”.
5.30pm Martin Pipe Hurdle
“I can’t really look past langer Dan here,, his second to Galion Des Champs last year looks even better now after the winner’s exploits over fences, and Dan Skelton will have him tuned up ready to go on his second start of the season. Cobblers Dream looks interesting at a bigger price. He has a two out of two record in novice handicaps and won the Lanzarote hurdle last time out at Kempton, and I can’t see him being far way either”.
Lorcan’s horse he would love to ride on Friday:
“Al Boum Photo – a dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, I’d just love the chance to ride him!”
Performance of the Day Thursday –
“It has to be Love Envoi doesn’t it? It was good to see her get her head in front, she is very progressive and proved to everyone today that she can do it on the big stage”.
Lorcan Murtagh kindly gave up his time and was talking to Sean Trivass, who is solely responsible for any errors when typing up his notes!