Musings and Trackers: 25th Jan 2022

Whilst all eyes were on Ascot, elsewhere there were some pointers that may have gone under the radar: 

Royal Pagaille showed once again what a beautiful jumper he is, in taking the Peter Marsh for the second year in succession. He finished sixth in the Gold Cup last year, despite picking up an injury in running.  If there is any cut in the ground at Cheltenham, the 20/1 widely available looks big. It’s great to see a class horse running in handicaps carrying top weight, not something that is widely done these days . Advice: Royal Pagaille 20/1 e/w for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Jonbon is unchanged in the markets to take the supreme novices’ hurdle, at 3/1. Whilst there is no doubting this horse has an engine, his head carriage has to be a worry Plus, he almost over jumps at a few obstacles. There is no hiding place at Cheltenham at championship pace. I wouldn’t be taking 3/1 at this stage. Caution!

Good Risk At All really took the eye in defeat at Warwick on Sunday. He wandered around, missed the second last then stayed on like a train, and just failed to catch Barichello, beaten a neck. This is a horse to follow. One would imagine they will look at some kind of headgear for subsequent outings. With a mark of just 124, he will be a player in handicaps for the remainder of the season. Tracker horse!

Looking ahead at the Betfair hurdle: Jetoile stands out like a beacon. Connections have said they will give Cheltenham a miss. Jetoile has been rapidly improving all season and is a decent bet at 12/1 for the Newbury showpiece. Advice: Jetoile 12/1 e/w for the Betfair Hurdle. 

One of our tracker horses, Franco De Port has been declared for the Theyestes Chase at Gowran Park this coming Thursday. With no prices available at the time of writing, please do take a look at him!

Other Irish horses that have been noted in the past few weeks:

Mars Harper. Needs headgear

Carrigeen Lotus.

The Devils Coachman. ½ brother to Al Boum Photo. On a handy mark for a decent handicap.

Fakir D’alene. Looks like a Kim Muir winner

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