DAY ONE, UNDONE BY MISTAKES.
The site lost two points on the day and five more on ante post when taking Min and a non runner into account.
The ground on my figures is good to firm, firm in places and it is disgraceful for the course management to produce a surface like that for the flagship meeting. Horses are going to break down and die on that type of going. Instead of lining the horses up at the start and banning the jockeys they should cop on and do their job. There was at least two fatalities today.
ANNIE POWER should really have been going for her third Champion hurdle in a row today after Willie made one of his very few mistakes by not running her in the Champion two years ago [ he wanted Hurricane Fly to win it] and of course she would have beaten Faugheen in it last year on my speed figures so that is a shame in a way.
Min made a horrendous mistake early on in the first and it could have been interesting only for that but the winner, who I did flag up as the danger in my ante post column was first rate.
Douvan is an absolute monster and our bet on Vaniteaux would have collected bar his fall at the last.
Kruzhlinen was fifth and would surely have been so much closer bar a lung bursting mistake.
Sempre Medici’s race was over at the first when pulling back muscles when overjumping and sprawling, don’t forget him come later in the season. Nichols Canyon was superb in defeat despite clouting the final obstacle and would have preferred slower ground.
Vroum Vroum Mag could easily drop back to the Champion hurdle distance no problem or go out to the Gold Cup trip, she is just awesome.
Pont Alexandre was travelling best of all and would have had a terrific chance of winning but sadly broke down and apparently destroyed.
Bridgets Pet took us out of trouble with his fourth place at 33/1.