“If you want to be the king of the jungle, acting like a king is not enough. You must be the king. There can be no doubt, because doubt causes chaos and its own downfall.”
Shishkin took the crown at Ascot, here he must keep it. Results are in doubt for the most part, and that doubt offers hope. Shishkin made a mistake, he hit a flat spot.
Chinks in armor? Perhaps, perhaps not.
Energumene did everything right here in Ascot. He jumped. He is stable. He went on a trip. He took the shortest route around. He tried. And then, like sunlight through a curtain, Shishkin came to stop our wonderful dream. How do we turn it around? Some say go faster. Others go slower, to go faster – paradoxically.
A few think that just run another horse against him. Can Chacun Pour Soi finally show the British the magnificence we’ve seen over the past few years? None of the results brought us more joy.
Chacun 10 years old Now, a period of seniority has passed, so to beat two special horses in their prime will be extremely difficult. I don’t buy because he doesn’t travel, he was clearly wrong at Sandown and maybe we didn’t get enough of him here last year.
Maybe he can join the Sprinter Sacre, the Special Tiara and the Moscow Flyer as doubles to win this Race of the Century. We like it very much.
But either way, we’re going to need the bounce of the ball I think.
However, in a larger field maybe we will. If Shishkin had to test or was constrained to make several strides in Ascot, the outcome would have been different.
When both happen in Ascot, a small field means very little consequence, however, here, if he falsifies in a move, you can be sure that myself, Townend, Blackmore and associates will close the door and take the position. In doubt, there is hope.
Buffer champions can create fireworks. Jamie Codd and Gordon Elliott are unusually optimistic about American Mike. We send a warrior to defeat him.
Facile Vega, son of the great Quevega, headed the battalion in his spectacular performance at the DRF. He has good looks, a flashy family background and explosive performances, but I think his biggest danger may be from within.
Redemption Day has always performed well at home and his form has been evident. He is smaller and narrower than Facile, but has a lot of speed and a great temperament, which is always a big addition in this race.
James’s Gate only arrived in the yard after Christmas and it was unusual for Willie to run one so fast, and very unusual for one to arrive at Closutton and catch the boat to Cheltenham so late. Tornado Flyer is the only one that comes to mind. Who knows what improvement he has in him.
Madmansgame will dwarf all those around him, and while he’s lazy, he has a huge motive underneath and shouldn’t be underestimated either, while none of the others are at all. This makes up the number.
Missed That in 2005 was the last favorite from Closutton to win this race. I’m hoping to hit that record but I’m still not as sure as the odds suggest.
However, Facile Vega is a horse that has been in the spotlight since day one in Closutton and if it can emulate its mother, it will be magic.
1.30 Mr. Gerhard
2.10 Brave game
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/cheltenham/cheltenham-2022-day-two-we-need-a-bounce-of-the-ball-for-chacun-pour-soi-and-no-result-would-give-us-more-pleasure-41447009.html Cheltenham 2022 Day two: We needed a bouncing ball for Chacun Pour Soi – and none of the results brought us more joy