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Tanya's Blog - 11th December 2010

A delicious waft of bacon frying was the greeting at Cheltenham this morning as I approached the Morning Line set. Any milder and I would be wearing a bikini, the temperatures feel distinctly barmy. What a delightful young lad Sam Twiston-Davies was on the Morning Line this morning. My allegiance will be torn if his mount Little Josh is battling with my big race selection Robinson Collonges up the Cheltenham hill. The race is so open that when asking for tips this morning there was a vast cross section which filtered into the inbox and if there was a winner it would be Matuhi.

I overhear a comment in the press room at 9.10 which I think is very apt and worthy of the day – what a brilliant day’s racing, worthy of March – ready yourself for the drama.

Early start 11.40 and not normally a convert to breakfast even I have entertained a piece of dried bread to get me through the day.

What is the collective name for a group of photographers, is it ‘shutter’? Well five of them are having a bit of banter in the middle of the press room at present. Nick Luck walks in wrapped up well in a heavy coat and scarf.

I digress on to the racing, Oh Crick stood out gaining support and I put it up as mover of the morning. Triumph Hurdle favourite, Sam Winner is set to be prohibitive odds in the Trial for the March race and I will have an interest each way on Horatio Caine.

Time For Rupert was in to 11-10 with Ladbrokes at 9am so come post time that could be nearer to odds on.

Any Given Day impressed me in the Greatwood in fourth to the extent I am going to get on each-way in the Relkeel Hurdle. Sentry Duty and Zaynar were both being supported in the market. A close eye will be kept on Kalahari King in the Tingle Creek. At the HWPA Awards Boylesports gave me £500 to put on at the Festival and I initially put it on Wymott but when Leon Blanche went for another pick in the RSA Chase I moved my allegiance to Kalahari King each-way in the Champion Chase.

Robinson Collonges for me in the Vote AP Gold Cup and an each-way saver on Noble Alan, come 3.05 I will watch in awe of a tremendous Stan James International at no doubt be swamped by the Champion Hurdle quotes.



Since 1982 the Vote AP Gold Cup has been run 24 times, but only on three occasions has the race been won by a horse priced bigger than 9-1

No horse has won the Vote AP Gold Cup twice

Only three horses have won the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Vote AP Gold Cup in the same year

In the last ten years horses aged 9 and over are 0 from 38 in the Vote AP Gold Cup

The last horse to win the Vote AP Gold Cup making his debut at Cheltenham was Kings Fountain in 1991 so it doesn’t bode well for Duers, Gonebeyondrecall and Robinson Collonges

Nigel Twiston-Davies has failed to win the Vote AP Gold Cup from 13 attempts

Paul Nicholls is attempting to win his sixth straight Tingle Creek Chase

The biggest priced winner of the Tingle Creek Chase over the last ten years is 6-1

Six of the last ten favourites have won the Stan James International

Four of the last eight winners of the International had won the Greatwood Hurdle just a month prior

Richard Johnson has won on four of his eight rides in the International


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