星期一, 十一月 18, 2019

TheRacingPostArkleisregardedabreedinggroundofsomeofthegreatsoftheNationalHuntgame–recentwinnerssuchasMyWayDeSolken,TidalBay,CaptainChrisandSprinterSacreexemplifythat。

Thisyear’srenewal,whichwillberunonTuesday11March,isanintriguingcontestwithfiveorsixhorsesholdingrealisticclaimsoflandingtheprestigiousrace。

LeadingthemarketistheWillieMullins-trainedChampagneFever。

At6/1,hewasinitialfavouriteoncethegatesclosedatlastyear’sFestival,whereheovershadowedMyTentOrYoursandJezkiintermsofhissizeandopportunitybywinningtheSupreme。

IfhereignsvictoriousintheArkle,hewillaccompanyBobsWorthastheonlyotherhorsesinceFlyingbolttowinthreedifferentracesatCheltenhaminconsecutiveyears。

Heisnowavailableat3/1buthispreparationhasbeenfarfromideal。

PopularopinionsuggeststhatheiscurrentlypricedupaccordingtohisreputationataroundhalftheoddsthatwerefirstrevealedayearagohavingonlywonabeginnerschaseinthreestartssincethatSupremevictory。

RubyWalshisnotoftenwrongandhefeelshecangoalltheway“hesgotagoodcruisingspeedandIseenoproblemwithhimstaying。



Thoughhisbackersshouldapproachthisracewithcaution,Mullinsdoesn’twantarepeatofthemistakeatLeopardstownwhereheandDefyLogicbothtookofftooearly,butitwasChampagneVictorywhowasspentandlandedonthepenultimatefencecostinghimthirdplace。

MullinshasneverhadawinnerintheArklecouldChampagneVictorybuckthattrend?

HismainrivalonwhathasbeenshownthisseasonwillcomefromDodgingBullets,whoprogressiveprofilemakeshimabigplayerat5/1。

SonofflattopstallionDubawi,DodgingBulletsalwayslookedachaserdespitehisflatgenesandappearstohavetakentothejumpsverywellafterNichollspersuadingtheowners。

HeneedstobuildonhisformifsupportersaregoingtobackhimintheArkle。

Theclassycustomerhasgrownupsincelastyearandapproachesracesinamorerelaxedmanner。

Trifoliumisanotherwithasqueakofwinningat5/1。

HewontheIrishArkleinfinestylebuttheconditionsatPrestburyParkwillbeverydifferenttotheonesatLeopardstown。


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