by Dave Metcalf

by Dave Metcalf

Dave has over 30 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing and football fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for At The Races, Coral News, the Daily Mirror and Racing Plus newspaper. He produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.

De Boinville Hoping Angels Breath Can Rule Supreme

Nico de Boinville has confirmed he will partner Angels Breath rather than Mister Fisher in the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, 12 March. As a result the Nicky Henderson trained has come in for renewed support and is now a top price 5/1 with William Hill for the traditional curtain-raiser to the four-day extravaganza.

Angels Breath won the Grade 2 Kennel Gate at Ascot on his hurdling debut, where after tracking the leaders travelling powerfully, he took up the running on the bridle two from home before quickening clear to impressively beat Danny Kirwan by 4 1/2 lengths. It was an awesome display which saw him installed ante post favourite at a general 6/1 for the Supreme. However, he then got turned over at odds-on in the Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton and that saw his price drift out to 8/1.

Speaking on his Unibet blog, De Boinville said:

“I imagine it was a closer call than many will have thought, but I have decided to ride Angels Breath in the Supreme. I have an awful lot of time for Mister Fisher, and he has always shown us plenty at home. But I feel I am right to keep the faith in Angels Breath, not that I thought he lost anything in defeat in the Dovecote, bar the winning prize on the day.”

Al Dancer, who like Angels Breath owned by Dai Walters, is currently the 3/1 clear favourite for the Supreme. Leading Irish hope Fakir D’oudairies sharing second-favouritism at 5/1 with Angels Breath. It’s then 8/1 bar the trio.

Clondaw Castle Supplemented for Arkle

Clondaw Castle, who had been 8-1 favourite for the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, has supplemented for Arkle at a cost £8,500. He can be backed at 20/1 with Ladbrokes for the Grade 1 novice chase contest on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival (2.10pm).

The Tom George trained seven-year-old has won his last two starts at at Leicester and Huntingdon by wide margins, making all and jumping well on each occasion. He is clearly in the up and connections feel he has earned a crack at the highest level.

They do feel that he ideally wants further than two miles of the race, over which his wins have come over, so are hoping that rain continues to fall at Prestbury Park so that his stamina can be brought into play.

If he does get his ideal underfoot conditions than Clondaw Castle could well outrun his odds and looks an each-way player in a wide-open renewal. He is part owned by by Tim Syder who will now be represented by the Philip Hobbs trained Springtown Lake in the Close Brothers. He can be backed at a standout best price of 25/1 with William Hill for that 2m 4f test.