Well the Breeder’s Cup was a bit of a disaster all round for the European horses, and what with that and the atrocious ground it was a bit of a disappointment I felt.
Much more interesting for me was the national hunt action at Aintree today where we were treated to some excellent performances. Monet’s Garden was my tip for the Old Roan Chase and he didn’t let me down. To be fair he did have most of the important factors in his favour but nonetheless, he is a thoroughly genuine and likable sort as his jockey stated after the race. Kauto Star must have pleased Paul Nicholls. Getting so close to Monet’s Garden giving away a stone was a notable achievement. I wouldn’t read too much into the run of Exotic Dancer. Cheltenham is his track and anyway he has never won first time out since arriving in the UK.
I wondered if Degas Art might be able to surprise Katchit but in the event Alan King’s tough little horse was in no mood to be beaten. As they jumped the last together I thought that the flat speed of Degas Art, a listed race winner on the level, would prevail, but Katchit was the more determined of the pair. Katchit reminds me of Mysilv, another little battler of a horse who also won the Triumph Hurdle, back in 1994 I think, without looking it up.
Tidal Bay got his season off to a good start when easily winning the novice chase. He was helped by the fact that his main rival Alberta’s Run made some jumping errors.
There is just one runner from our flat list to follow tomorrow. New Guinea looks to have a sound chance in the 2.50 at Leicester.
Bye for now