Ditcheat Double in the Depths of Devon
Paul Nicholls certainly has his string in the best of order this National Hunt season, and the Ditcheat trainer further flaunted the fantastic fleet when recording a cracking chasing double at Exeter on Tuesday.
Royal Charm glided over his obstacles like the proverbial stag in the Desert Orchid Beginners’ Chase, doing it in a canter with 22 lengths to spare at the finish under Noel Fehily, forcing William Hill to slash this promising son of Cadoudal from 33-1 into 16-1 for the Arkle Trophy.
This result sealed a fantastic day in Devon for the yard, who, only half an hour prior, took the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Novices’ Chase with Watamu Bay - maintaining the trainer’s tremendous record in the race. The seven-year-old bay produced a similarly impressive round on his second attempt at fences to make almost all, capitalising on the mount of McCoy decanting his rider on the second circuit - this display rewarding him a quote of 33-1 for the RSA chase.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, commented: “What a perfect way to gear up for this weekend’s most eagerly-anticipated Open Meeting entertainment than the sight of two talented young chasers romp around Exeter. Nicholls always introduces decent sorts at this West Country venue, and the pair have earned themselves Festival quotes from today’s performances, further whetting the appetite for those magical four days in March”.
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CHELTENHAM OPEN MEETING
Paddy Power Gold Cup: 10-3 Long Run, 9-2 Great Endeavour, 7-1 Sunnyhillboy, 8-1 Catch Me, 10-1 Mad Max, 12-1 Poquelin, 14-1 Tchico Polos, 16-1 Little Josh, Pigeon Island, 20-1 Edgbriar, The Sawyer, 25-1 Dancing Tornado, Tatenen, 33-1 Can't Buy Time, Finget On the Pulse, Fisher Bridge, Gwanako, 40-1 Il Duce, 50-1 Awesome George, Chaninbar, Door Boy, Gonebeyondrecall, Passato, Pickamus, Rory Boy, 66-1 Just Smudge ALL QUOTED (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)
Greatwood Handicap Hurdle: 9-2 Sanctuaire, 7-1 Manyriverstocross, Menorah, 8-1 General Miler, Get Me Out of Here, 10-1 Nearby, Sure Josie Sure, 14-1 Far Away So Close, Salute Him, 16-1 Astracad, Any Given Day, 20-1 Lush Life, Olofi, St Devote, Tarkari, 25-1 Fiulin, 33-1 Bothy, Issaquah, Majaales, Orsippus, 40-1 Culcabock, Puzzlemaster, 50-1 Arcalis, Chaninbar, Leslingtaylor, (EW ¼ odds 1,2,3,4)
CHELTENHAM 2011 MARKETS
Gold Cup 2011: 4-1 Kauto Star, 5-1 Imperial Commander, 8-1 Denman, 10-1 What A Friend, 12-1 Big Bucks, 16-1 Long Run, Neptune Collonges, Punchestowns, 20-1 Burton Port, Cooldine, Joncol, Weird Al, 25-1 Diamond Harry, Mad Max, Pandorama, 33-1 Planet of Sound, The Nightingale, (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Champion Chase 2011: 3-1 Big Zeb, 4-1 Master Minded, 7-1 Sizing Europe, 8-1 Tataniano, 10-1 Captain Cee Bee, Forpadydeplasterer, 14-1 Somersby, 16-1 Mad Max, 20-1 Golden Silver, Kalahari King, 25-1 Osana, Riverside Theatre, (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Champion Hurdle 2011: 11-4 Binocular, 5-1 Hurricane Fly, 8-1 Khyber Kim, 10-1 Solwhit, 12-1 Dunguib, Getmeoutofhere, Rite of Passage, 14-1 Go Native, 16-1 Menorah, Peddlers Cross, Quevega, Rite of Passage, Soldatino, 20-1 Blackstairmountain, Overturn, 25-1 Alavain, Clerks Choice, Mille Chief, Starluck, Thousand Stars, Zaynar, 33-1 Cue Card, General Miller, Medermit, Punjabi, Voler la Vedette, 40-1 BAR (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
World Hurdle 2011: Evs Big Bucks, 7-1 Quevega, Zaynar, 8-1 Time for Rupert, 10-1 Peddlers Cross, 16-1 Karabak, Quel Esprit, 20-1 Finians Rainbow, Restless Harry, Reve de Sivola, Tidal Bay, 25-1 Enterprise Park, Tell Massini, 33-1 Katchit, Sentry Duty, (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 10-1 Cue Card, 14-1 Hidden Universe, 16-1 The Real Article, 33-1 Remember Now (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
RSA Chase: 9-1 Mikael D'Haguenet, 10-1 Time For Rupert, 12-1 Tell Massini, 14-1 Reve De Sivola, 16-1 Fiveforthree, Wayward Prince 20-1 Alfie Sherrin, Arvika Ligeonniere, Berties Dream, Fionnegas, Quel Esprit, Restless Harry, 25-1 Bar (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Arkle Trophy: 10-1 Medermit, 12-1 Loosen My Load, 14-1 Get Me Out Of Here, 16-1 Captain Chris, Celestial Halo, Royal Charm, Sang Bleu, 20-1 Arvika Ligeonniere, Oscar Whisky, Punjabi, Surfing [inserted], 25-1 Quwetwo, Reve De Sivola, Spirit River, 33-1 Bellvano, Finians Rainbow (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 6-1 Cue Card, 14-1 Hidden Universe, 16-1 Dare Me, The Real Article, 25-1 Hidden Cyclone, 33-1 Remember Now (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Triumph Hurdle: 16-1 Dolatulo, Titan De Sarti, 20-1 A Media Luz, Domtaline, 25-1 Architrave, 33-1 Table Mountain, Franklino, 40-1 Toner D’Oudairies [inserted],
50-1 Sassanian (EW 1/4 1,2,3)