Hurricane can ride like the wind to Festival glory
IT is time for all the talking to stop and the action to begin and as this week is all about winners, there appears to be no reason to desert Hurricane Fly in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Willie Mullins has an unenviable hand at the Festival but he has made no secret that a second win in the feature race on the opening day is at the top of his wish list.
A brilliant winner 12 months ago from Peddlers Cross, Ruby Walsh felt he pulled too hard that day but with Overturn guaranteed to go off lickity split, there should be no danger of that this time.
Sprinter Sacre is the most likely winner of the Racing Post Arkle.
Nicky Henderson's 'aeroplane' has broken three track records this season and simply devours the challenge of fences.
His critics will say he failed to come up the hill in the Supreme last season but in truth he was probably in front too soon, so well was he travelling turning into the straight.
Al Ferof has his followers after staying on strongly to beat the favourite 12 months ago but his price looks very skinny now.
The JLT Specialty Chase can go the way of Donald McCain's Our Mick.
Novices have a good record in this race and while Our Mick is only six, he has plenty of experience over fences.
Beaten only three lengths by For Non Stop in the rearranged Scilly Isles at Newbury, he looked for all the world that day that he would relish a step up to three miles.
All ground comes alike to him and he should be bang on the premises.
Uncle Junior can defy top weight in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
Mullins fields the first two in the betting and while Scotsirish has done well since switched to this sphere there has to be a stamina doubt in a stronger-run race.
Uncle Junior became the first horse to win over this unique course at the first time of asking in 12 years and looks a natural.
Quevega will surely win the OLBG Mares' Hurdle to give Mullins another winner where Shop Dj can run into a place.
The Pulteney Land Investments Novices´ Handicap Chase looks tailor made for the King-trained Bless The Wings.
A course and distance winner in January, he routed the opposition that day where his jumping was his major asset. Up 8lb, that might not be enough to stop his progression.