1225: Email from
Simon Adams which reads: "Matt, bBailed out by Mister Whitaker yesterday but Coo Star Sivola also helped.
Today is all about Samcro if he turns it on we will all be chirping! The RSA looks a belter and I hope Presenting Percy wins more for the unconventional route and it might just get a few more running in the future. Altior should be winning but it’ll be a cracker if the 3 turn in together!
The cross country I love Auvergnat and think he’s far too big and will love the ground and has the younger legs than a few.
Then the two best bets of the day for me! Nube Negra in the Fred Winter looks a nice horse and gave Apple's Shakira a bit of a race before ACEY MILAN wins the bumper. A real monster this horse!
Thanks Simon, some good stuff here. Must admit, Auvergnat does appeal to me at the prices and Harry Skelton has suggested Nube Negra is his best chance of the week. So lots to look forward to!
1216: Quick glance at the RSA Chase today and it's clear the Irish are expected to dominate.
The likes of Elegant Escape and Ballyoptic would be right on the scene in a normal year but the best of the British look just shy of what's required in this field, including Black Corton. What an amazing little horse he's turned out to be for Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost.
The vibes in the Press Room though are all for Presenting Percy. He's a formidable talent and gave Gold Cup Our Duke a bit of a scare in his prep run, for which he was favourite. It'll take an almighty effort to beat him, I suspect.
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