Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 24 February 2018

Watching Brief

Ruby Walsh is a best-priced 1/2 to be crowned leading rider at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

It's not hard to argue that he might even be value at that, but the odds are short enough when you factor in the hazard element of the job. Bryan Cooper is as big as 11/1 to top the pile, and he is an attractive proposition at that.

His Gigginstown House Stud employers are enjoying a fine campaign and will go there with a serious team. Significantly, whether the respective trainers agree or not, the horses will be placed strategically to run in the race that most suits Gigginstown, as opposed to fitting in with the trainers' plans.

That is good news for Cooper (above), whose best rides are likely to include Don Poli in the RSA, Valseur Lido in the JLT, Don Cossack in the Ryanair, Road To Riches in the Gold Cup and Stone Hard in the Bumper.

All told, Gigginstown have over 150 entries, so Cooper can expect better than 2014's misery.

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