On the Rails ... Horse Power.
Byline: MIKE TORPEY
BOOKMAKER Stan James has installed the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for five-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 metres) on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. winner Denman at 14-1 to win both the blue rib and event and the John Smith's Grand National in 2009.
After his impressive victory at Cheltenham on New Year's Day New Year's Day, among ancient peoples the first day of the year frequently corresponded to the vernal or autumnal equinox, or to the summer or winter solstice. In the Middle Ages it was celebrated among Christians usually on Mar. 25. , Calgary Bay has continued to be backed and is now 10-1 (from 12) for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom and has race prize money second only to the Grand National. despite his trainer Henrietta Knight's uncertainty as to which route the six-year-old may take.
There has also been support for Cooldine who is now 12-1 (from 14) for the RSA Chase and Walkon 8-1 (from 9) in the Triumph Hurdle The Triumph Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old novices. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 1 furlong (3,420 metres) on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. .
MARODIMA could still take his chance in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot despite being denied a prep run when Sandown was abandoned last Saturday.
Trainer Rebecca Curtis was keen to get an outing into the six-year-old before the Grade One feature on January 17, for which he is a 50-1 shot with the sponsors.
"We would like to run him there but it's a big ask without a run beforehand," said the Newport-based handler. "I'd say he'd probably run, but I wouldn't be 100% happy."
HENRY DE BROMHEAD is hoping a return to form for his string can see stable star Sizing Europe bounce back to his brilliant best in the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 25.
The seven-year-old was a hugely impressive winner of the Grade One contest 12 months ago but faded tamely into fifth place behind Sublimity in the December Festival Hurdle.