Jumping Moves Up A Gear

October 27th, 2015 | Marten's Current Racing Diary

A few big names from the jumping world have entries this weekend, with the possibility that Gold Cup winner Coneygree may make the trip up the M6 for the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase on Sunday.

God’s Own, Ptit Zig, Puffin Billy and Saphir De Rheu are also entered for the race, although it remains to be seen whether thay turn up. We have been basking in the autumnal sunshine here in the Lakes but I see rain is forecast for the next few days, so I expect the ground will be riding on the soft side of good by the weekend.

My Dark Horses Jumps Guide was published this week and Saphir Du Rheu features quite significantly as one of my favoured horses for the Gold Cup. At six he has youth on his side and his form as a staying hurdler was virtually top class.

Long-term Cheltenham prospects were in action at Punchestown today, with Tycoon Prince and No More Heroes winning for Gordon Elliott.

The former, who won three small-field bumpers last season, landed the opening maiden hurdle with stable-companion No More Heroes coming away nicely to win the 2m 4f beginners’ chase just over two hours later. Back home at Bangor Gee Hi, who is lightly raced for his nine years, won the 0-105 handicap in the manner of a horse capable of winning in better company. I will be looking out for him next time, possibly at the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham.

Bye for now

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