Thursday 21 November 2019

Hurricane can Fly and blow Jezki out of the water

Hurricane Fly and Jezki (right) renew their rivalry tomorrow
Hurricane Fly and Jezki (right) renew their rivalry tomorrow

Davy Condon

Another big weekend's racing but everyone will have one eye on tomorrow's Champion Hurdle in Leopardstown.

I think loads of people would love to see Hurricane Fly win for the fifth year in a row and in the process surpass the record of the great Istabraq but the argument for a 22nd Grade One success isn't just an emotional one.

He's 4-2 up on Jezki when the pair have gone head-to-head while Leopardstown is like his own private gallop - he hasn't been beaten at the Dublin track in nine outings so I think he'll be taking the headlines this weekend.

There's plenty of other good quality races and I think Gordon Elliott could have a great day.

The Arkle Novice Chase at 1.40 is an interesting race. Un De Sceaux is highly-rated while Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa won both his novice chases but I'm going for Gordon's Clarcam.

He is improving all the time and has done nothing wrong at all. He was very impressive when winning on St Stephen's Day and he's getting 10lbs from the other two and that could swing it for him. He'll love the ground too and though he's up against good horses, I think he'll go very close.

Gordon also has a real chance with No More Heroes at 3.15 who is a nice sort and he can also team up with Nina Carberry to take the bumper with Robin Thyme.

Last Saturday was a good outing for followers of this column with three winners from four selections. This week, there's a couple of interesting trials across the water in Cheltenham.

Peace And Co can get the day off to a flier for Nicky Henderson. He was very impressive when winning in Doncaster and he'll show why he is favourite for the Triumph Hurdle at the festival in March.

Dynaste can win the Grade Two Chase at 1.50 as David Pipe's consistent grey loves the track.

At 3.0, Value At Risk is the one to watch. He recently moved to Dan Skelton's yard and bolted up in his first time out for his new stable. The Cleeve Hurdle could see Saphir Du Rheu win for Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies.

I have a couple of rides in Navan today but unfortunately I don't think either of them will be in the shake up.

Shadow Catcher was disappointing last weekend so I don't see us being in the reckoning.

Marinero for Tony Martin and Bryan Cooper looks like the one we'll all be following home.

My nap for the weekend comes with Noel Meade's Snow Falcon. Ger Fox is claiming 5lbs and I don't see anything to get near him in that race.

Finally, The Tractor Man can take the bumper. He ran well last time out which was his first outing and he can build on that here.

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