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William Hill Trophy Cheltenham Festival update

Looking at the weights, it would appear the bottom weight here will carry only around 10st 8lbs so the 11st rule is going to be under threat (the last 10 winners carried under 11st) so I would ignore that concentrate on the official ratings stats that say you've had it if rated 150+ like in the last 27 years.

I don't read much into these things but David Pipe put up The Package as his banker of the meeting at a preview evening in Ireland last week. Character Building has a very good Festival record having won a Kim Muir and should have won the NH Chase (second but wandered on the run-in) and John Quinn has confirmed him for this race and has been backed across the board into fourth favourite but I've never been one to consider Grand National-bound horses in this race as they are being trained for another day and I am sure he will be delighted if he finishes in the first six.

I am not having The Tother One off top weight in a race where carrying a big weight is a big negative who is disputing fourth favouritism behind Theatrical Moment who I do have time for as Jonjo O'Neill won this with a novice last season though he has other entries at the Festival and I noticed there was money for his stablemate Isn't That Lucky who was mapped out to win the Jewson last season and finished second and he looks to have mapped out for something this season as well.

What have the Irish got given they have won two of the last four renewals in which they have had a runner? Not a lot. Siegemaster, but I don't trust his jumping plus he has enough weight so Casey Jones would interest me more off just 2lbs more than his Irish rating and he has been off since finishing fourth in a Grade 1 back in November and the long absence wouldn't bother me, in fact, I would see it as a positive but he is rated 151 which would make him the highest rated winner for 28 years.

 


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William Hill Trophy Cheltenham Festival update

Looking at the weights, it would appear the bottom weight here will carry only around 10st 8lbs so the 11st rule is going to be under threat

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