Cheltenham 2015: Meade will rely on his warrior
With Don Poli now confirmed for the RSA Chase, tomorrow’s four-mile National Hunt Chase for amateurs has a far more open to look it.
The Gigginstown representation comes in the form of Wounded Warrior (above), who will be the first big player from a very strong Noel Meade team with Nina Carberry onboard.
But this is a race that could well see our two leading point-to-point riders battling it out after the last fence with Jamie Codd booked to ride the Gordon Elliott trained Cause Of Causes and Derek O’Connor landing the ride on Michael Hourigan’s The Job Is Right.
The latter is the selection as his Thyestes Chase form looks rock solid. Barring a fall at the last he would have been a clear second to a horse many people think can win Friday’s Gold Cup and if that is the case, The Job Is Right has to have a serious chance of giving Hourigan his third Festival winner and first at the meeting since A New Story in 2010.
Paul Nicholls is no stranger to Cheltenham Festival glory and in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase he looks to have a real live outsider in Black Thunder who may proved majorly overpriced at 20/1.
The eight-year-old was an impressive winner at Sandown before Christmas and was far from disgraced when finishing fifth and only beaten eight and a half lengths by Gold Cup second favourite Many Clouds and a repeat of that run may well make his odds look very appealing, despite the fact that he’ll have the burden of top weight.
If the day pans out the way many Irish punters hope, the last race on the opening day will be one to sit out and watch but the Robin Dickin trained Thomas Crapper has some decent form this season.