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Tanya's Blog - 11th November 2011

So, back at Cheltenham and back in the press room, at the time of writing only Graham Cunningham is the only other person in attendance and he is studying hard watching races, no doubt to keep you informed later on live on . There’s been light drizzle through the night and there is still rain in the air now. It is very chilly so welcome to November.

It will be a little busier than when I was last here on 15 October, but then many were at Ascot for Champions’ Day and didn’t see the likes of Billie Magern who runs tomorrow or Marley Roca who runs in the 1.45 today.

Forgive me, but MARLEY ROCA is going to be my guilty pleasure today, well at the least I’m going to keep a close eye on him. For at the last meeting he opened up 6-1 in the betting and at one point on one of the rails bookmakers boards he had drifted to 20-1!!!! All things considered he didn’t run that badly but he wasn’t exactly bustled along vigorously when it was obvious he couldn’t win. He is dropped back to a more suitable two miles and he shouldn’t be 20-1, I’m having a little each-way.

Sounds stupid but don’t be surprised if Havingotascoobydo runs very well. I forgot to order the footage of his last run and when that happens they generally win or go close. But for now, come on Marley Roca.

I’m gutted Sound Stage is a non-runner in the first as he was one of my bets. How about the last race, something to savour. Cue Card, Grands Crus and Champion Court, choice. The betting is showing preference to Cue Card but in races like this there are occasions for a surprise and I will go for DUALLA LORD.

I’m going to get dizzy looking up from the betting ring at Cheltenham watching the Cross Country race on the big screen. I so hope Nina Carberry and Garde Champetre can do the business, no doubt so will the punters, but it doesn’t half liven up the atmosphere and Nina’s smile lights up Gloucestershire.

STEPS TO FREEDOM looks too good in Cheltenham’s 2.55, if he wins as he should do that will be a big pointer to Jack Cool in Sunday’s Greatwood Hurdle.

 

POINTERS

Nicky Henderson’s last four runners have all won

Only one of the last ten winners of Cheltenham’s 1.45 were priced in double figures

Paul Nicholls has had eight winners, four seconds and two thirds from his last 18 runners

Safari Journey has not won in eight starts at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson is attempting a hat-trick of victories in the 1.45

Garde Champetre’s ten runs round Cheltenham’s Cross Country Course have resulted in five wins and three seconds

Nina Carberry has ridden Garde Champetre to four of his five wins round Cheltenham’s Cross Country course.

In total Nina Carberry has ridden Garde Champetre seven times round Cheltenham’s Cross Country course to four wins and two seconds

Nina Carberry and Garde Champetre have teamed up 12 times in total to seven wins

Nine of the last ten winners of Cheltenham’s 2.55 were aged 4 or 5.

 

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