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March 6th, 2023 | Newsletter Rebecca's Spotlight
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Example from Monday 16th January 2023
There hasn’t been much to float my boat in the last few days but one horse that we will almost certainly be hearing plenty more about is Impaire Et Passe, who won the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.
The 1/3 favourite had made a strong impression when winning by 18 lengths in a 2m 3f maiden hurdle at Naas in December having won an extended 1m 4f bumper at Nancy in March.
He had apparently displayed a turn of foot to win on that occasion and that was again evident this weekend, when he quickened discernibly approaching the last to give 7lb away and beat the 131-rated The Model Kingdom by six and a half lengths, with the unbeaten Shecouldbeanything a further eight lengths back in third.
Taking those figures literally Impaire Et Passe ran to a mark of 138 but he had plenty in hand so will probably be rated on something in the mid to high-140s.
Afterwards Paul Townend remarked on how little the horse shows at home, but he certainly delivers on the track and he was clearing the hurdles on Sunday with a couple of feet to
Ideally you would like to have seen him take the hurdles flatter, especially if he is going to be involved in the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham where they go so fast, but this can
be worked on at home and he didn’t lose any momentum in the air.
I expect Willie Mullins doesn’t yet know which of the novice hurdles at Cheltenham he will favour. He has Facile Vega heading the market at a top price of 4/5 for the Supreme,
for which Impaire Et Passe is available at 8/1 (5/1 with a run with Hills), while he is shorter at 6/1 for the Ballymore (4/1 with Hills).
Paul Townend thinks the horse is very good and that turn of foot he has shown at a high level will prove a potent weapon.
I’ll be back next week with more thoughts.
Until then, bye for now.