Moyvally Cheltenham Preview in aid of Shabra Charity

A good crowd gathered to pick up a few pointers for Cheltenham next week, remember Oliver Brady and support the continued good work of Rita Shah and her Shabra Charity. There was a nine strong panel; Des Scahill DS, Tony Martin TM, Dermot Weld DK, Sandy Shaw SS, Frank Berry FB, Barry Geraghty BG, Shark O’Hanlon Shark, Robbie Power RM and myself,  Peter Kingston representing Bar One Racing who supported the night.

Below is what I could take from it, it’s not comprehensive as I was on the panel, so forgive me.


BG Chantry House schooled well this morning. Happy with him. Hope he steps up.

RP Fiddlerontheroof, soft ground is key for him

SS Fiddlerontheroof comes out top


SS Notebook 158, Fakir 156, Cash Back 156, Maire Banrigh a bit of value 148 but  +7 for mares allowance

BG Likes Brewin’upastorm

Shark Rachael Blackmore has a glint in her eye when talking about Notebook, absolutely loves him. Wins.

Champion Hurdle

RP Supasundae As good a form as we could have him in. Improved a lot from Leopardstown. Cilaos on testing ground could be a danger.

Shark If you could get a bet Nicky Henderson to win the race, that’s the one to have

BG Epatante has grown up this year, much more relaxed, schooled well this morning.

SS Felt Honeysuckle ran 10lb below her form in the Irish Champion. Wide open, that said Epatante clear top on figures, quick hurdler. Sharjah bit forgotten, rated to be there on sound surface.

DK Only worry for Epatante is a filly in the spring time

Mares Hurdle

TM Benie

DK Benie

SS Benie 162, Honey 158, underestimated Benie’s win in France at the time. v strong

BG Honey may prefer right handed


Tony Martin Likes the Big Getaway

DK Weld  Envoi Allen the one they have to beat, only issue may be temperament (?)

SS 154 Envoi Allen, impressed by Sporting John though

RP The Big Breakaway, really looking forward to him, hasn’t come off the bridle yet a worry perhaps, not been fully tested

BG Great race, happy with Sporting John, fav looks hard to beat

RSA Chase

RP Lay Champ, Barry will have to be at his brilliant best to get him jumping and into a rhythm

BG Champ schooled nicely this morning, plenty of rhythm (laughing)

FB Nicky is very happy with Champ

SS Faugheen 156, Copperhead looks the one

TM Often won by an outsider. Tornado Flyer could run well at big price for WPM

Champion Chase

SS Race of the meeting. 175 Altior, lot of time for him, thinks style of racing only reason not 180+! 172 Chacun, 170 Defi

FB Philip Hobbs v happy with Defi. But not a race to have a bet in.

BG Expecting a vintage renewal, classic 3 way finish like Viking Flagship era. Hoping come out on top.

Shark Altior wins

RP Loved Chacun from Punchestown

Ryanair Chase

RP Likes Min

Shark Met lads in Willies down the garage this morning, their double for Chelt is Min and Appreciate It

SS Min more an Aintree horse. But A Plus Tard possibly a few pounds short of top class.

BG Likes Min

DK Aso ew

TM Riders on the Storm

Stayers Hurdle

FB City Island, saw him on Curragh other morning, looks great, may be ew alternative

SS Paisley Park a stone clear, City Island viable ew. Benie and Paisley would be rated same with sex allowance and he thinks the mare would win if they met

BG William Henry could outrun his odds

Triumph Hurdle

DK Won the race with a 28/1 shot, can throw up a surprise, that said he likes Solo

SS Irish don’t appear to be at the races; 157 Solo, 145 Aspire Tower. Likes Goshen, so impressed with nature of flat wins.

FB All JP’s probably run in the Fred Winter

BG Front runners probably set it up for Solo

Shark Fancies Solo, made dirt of them in Kempton

DS Solo an entire

Shark Like yourself he shouts at Des!

RP Impressed with Allmankind at Chepstow, thought he’d come back to them. And impressed with Sir Psycho in Haydock, jumps well.

Albert Bartlett

RP Monkfish best of Irish, Run Wild Fred franked his form. Ride Harry Senior, step up to 3m will suit, good ew chance.

Shark Monkfish

BG Thyme Hill v good horse, horse with a future, one to beat

FB Speaks to Philip Hobbs quite often, thinks the world of him (Thyme)

SS Ramses de Teilee 151 comes out top. He can’t fancy him though, something progressive should come past him. Like for it to be Latest Exhibition for Paul Nolan

DK At 9/2 Thyme Hill v fair ew

TM Thyme Hill a very worthy fav

Gold Cup

TM Delta Work

DK Delta Work

SS Al Boum Photo and Kemboy 175 (Kemboy down from 177), more of an Aintree horse. 171 Santini would be 1st horse to in a Gold Cup without winning a Grade 1 prior. So difficult to win a 2nd Gold Cup re Al Boum. Presenting Percy an ew chance.

BG Santini schooled this morning with cheek-pieces, they’ll be a big help to him

Shark Presenting Percy

RP Would question Irish form this year, proximity of Jett in Leopardstown. Wouldn’t swap Lostintranslation. Forgive one bad run. Big ew chance.


TM At the Acorn, hope to get into Cheltenham, failing that a handicap chase in Navan or the Midlands National. Likes him. Cle en Main another Midlands National possible

DK If Dalton Highway would get into the Coral he’d be hopeful of a big run, ew at 25s nrnb

Shark Gives his Rewritetherules a chance in Foxhunters

Charity Bets from Bar One Racing

Kate Harrington Supasundae Champion Hurdle 12/1 Tues
Des Scahill   Allaho  Marsh Chase 7/2 Thurs
Tony Martin   Sire de Berlais 7/1 Pertemps   Wed
Dermot Weld   Double: Epatante 7/2 C Hurdle & Solo 3/1 Triumph  Tues and Fri
Sandy Shaw  Aramon 16/1   County Hurdle Friday
Frank Berry  Front View    Martin Pipe   6/1  Friday
Barry Geraghty   Champ   3/1   RSA  Wednesday
For the late Oliver Brady   William Henry  Stayers Hurdle 25ew 33/1  Thursday
Shark Hanlon   Double: Solo 3/1 Triumph & Altior 2/1 Champion Chase   Fri & Wed
Robbie Power   Supasundae   12/1  Champion Hurdle  Tuesday
Peter Kingston   Ben Dundee  10/1 Brown Advisory   Thursday


Next Best from the Panel

Des Scahill    Burning Victory  16/1  Triumph Friday
Tony Martin Couer Sublime  16/1  Champion Hurdle

DK Weld  Fakir Doudairies   9/2  Arkle Chase

Sandy Shaw    Alfa Mix    14/1   Coral Cup   (or wherever he runs)
Frank Berry   Phoenix Way   6/1   Pertemps
Barry Geraghty   William Henry   33/1  Stayers Hurdle
Shark O’Hanlon   Rewrite the Rules   33/1  Foxhunters
Robbie Power    Chosen Mate   Brown Advisory  12/1  (or wherever he runs)
Peter Kingston    Edwardstone   16/1  Supreme
The greatest week of the year is nearly upon us.
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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article