BRISTOL DE MAI ENTERS GOLD CUP PICTURE

Stan James

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Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock saw the eagerly anticipated first appearance in this country of the horse described by new trainer Colin Tizzard as “ bloody good, “ but a fairytale debut for ex-French recruit Alary failed to materialise as the seven-year-old was eventually pulled up by jockey Aidan Coleman behind impressive twenty two length winner Bristol De Mai.

Backed into as short as 16-1 for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup prior to Saturday’s three mile handicap the stablemate of odds-on ante-post market leader Thistlecrack and second favourite Native River is now available at a best price 66-1 with Betfair Sportsbook for the championship contest but following Bristol De Mai’s runaway victory Nigel Twiston-Davies’ grey son of Saddler Maker has entered the Gold Cup betting picture as a lively outsider with Betbright and Betfair Sportsbook’s 20-1 the best on offer.

Winning jockey Daryl Jacob felt his mount was finally beginning to show his best form following a couple of below-par performances this season, saying: “ He attacks fences and puts other horses in danger. He’s not quite been seen at his best this year but he’s reminded us all of his talent and that was the Bristol De Mai of old.” Stable companion Thistlecrack remains a top price evens with Betway and Betfair Sportsbook for the Gold Cup with Hennessy and Coral Welsh National winner Native River 6-1 second best with the those two bookmakers along with William Hill.

The Lancashire venue also hosted the Grade 2 stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial which went to The New One for the third year running. The winner was recording his 16th out of 17 victories outside of Grade 1 company but failed to cause more than a ripple in the Champion Hurdle market, with most firms offering 20-1 about the King’s Theatre gelding.

The other Grade 2 contest on the card, the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle, saw the Harry Fry-trained Neon Wolf maintain his unbeaten start over hurdles, earning quotes of 14-1 ( Bet365, Betvictor and Coral ) for the Supreme Novices Hurdle and the same price with Skybet and Betvictor for the longer Neptune Novices Hurdle at the festival although the six-year-old is thought by connections to be a 3m chaser of the future who requires soft ground, meaning a trip to Prestbury Park is far from certain for this exciting son of Vinnie Roe.

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