PREVIOUS FESTIVAL FORM
’06 had 6 previous Festival runners, 3 finished 1-2-3. ‘Performed well’ included Reveillez’s previous 4 length sixth to No Refuge in Sun Alliance Novice Hurdle.
’07 had Rasharrow, previous 3rd in Champion Bumper, finished fourth here.
'08 Fleet Street previously 3rd in a Supreme Novice, finished fourth here at 66s.
'09 although 1st and 2nd had run at previous festivals the theory didn't work. Straw Bear (2nd in a Supreme) did finish 5th despite his inability to jump fences.
'10 winner Copper Bleu had been 4th in the 2009 Supreme Novice.
'11 Quantitiveasing 2nd and Tullamore Dew 3rd had finished 5th and 2nd respectively in the 2010 Coral Cup.
'12 Battle Group 4th (4th in 2011 Coral Cup)
'13 Ackertac 2nd at 66s (5th to Hunt Ball in this race '12)
'14 Attaglance 2nd 10s won Martin Pipe Hurdle in 2012
'15 Thomas Crapper 2nd at 6/1fav, previous 2nd to Don Poli in M Pipe Hurdle. 1st and 3rd came from Nov H'Cap Chase Trials Day.
'16 Ballyalton previously 2nd to Faugheen in the Neptune. Bouvreuil 2nd in Fred Winter
'17 Tully East had finished 4th in Martin Pipe '16. Only other qualifier from the 20 runners would have been Itsafreebee PU
Of the 13 winners of this, Ballyalton (9), Copper Bleu (8 yrs) only ones older than 7.
All winners last run was in a chase within the last 60 days. Tully East 23 days, Ballyalton 25 days
Both Tully East and Ballyalton first of the last nine to have run in a Graded chase. Tully East ran in G1 and G3 2 milers. It is suggested that, in the scond of those, Dennis O'Regan kept him as far behind as was humanely possible. Ballyalton fell in a Reynoldstown.
10 of the 13 winners beaten in first two chase starts. Not Tully East, won his beginners chase first time out. Not Present View. Won second chase.
Past 10 rated at least 132. Last year it wasn't really a handicap. The range was 5lb, 137 to 142. Apart from King Harald, the very first winner at 110 and Finger On The Pulse at 147, all the rest rated between 124 and 142 over hurdles.
11 from 13 had finished in first 2 last time. Not Ballyalton (F) nor Rajdhani Express. In Tully East's case, second meant last of two finishers.
Before Tully East and Ballyalton, the previous four were the first winners of this to have last race in a h'cap. Two were both top weights.
Before Tully East and Ballyalton, last five winners had not run at a previous Festival. However as shown above, decent history of placed horses having been before. Present View never ran here before victory. Along with Divers and Hunt Ball, had never run in a graded race.
9 from the 13 finished in the first four in all completed starts over fences. Not Tully, Ballyalton, Rajdhani nor Divers. The latter three of these surprisingly failed this stat in a Cheltenham chase.
Only 1 from 10 runners under a penalty have paid a dividend. Some have to run and win within last fortnight to get into this race. No qualifiers 2017.
All 13 winners had won to Class 3 level in a chase or a hurdle. Tully East had won an 11k euro h'cap hurdle.
8 from the 13 won one from previous two runs and 5 from last 9 won last time out. Proves little.
11 from the 13 from the front five in the market. You might expect that.
5 of the 13 winners were giving their yard a first Festival winner.
10 of the 13 had already run over at least the race distance over fences. Not Tully East.
Irish Cavalier, Copper Bleu and Chapoturgeon had never won over 2m 4f. Chapoturgeon had never run over the trip but had been a very easy chase winner last time and Copper Bleu had been a close second in a G2 Aintree novice hurdle over this trip. he had never run over 2m 4f over fences before. Irish Cavalier's last run was 3rd in the 2m 4f course nov hcap chase on Trials day. He had ran unplaced in an Aintree 2m G2 novice hurdle.
The Nov H'cap chase on Cheltenham Trials Day at the end of January has produced Rhadjani Express and Irish Cavalier. Neither won in January. That race, coincidentally, has also produced In Temps Pour Tout and Singlefarmpayment. Neither of them won either. Mister Whittaker won easy from Theatre Territory and Sizing Tennessee.
N Henderson won with Rajdhani and has had four runners up, including Gold Present last year. JP McManus won with Reveillez and has had two runners up and a third. 2017 Zamdy Man 12/1 and last to finish.
8 from the past 13 had only won once over fences. Three from the last seven had won at least twice but not the last three.
Ballyalton, Irish Cavalier and Finger On The Pulse had yet to win over fences. All three had been placed in their last completed run. 31 maiden chasers have run in the 13 races. One has been placed in the last 10 of these including Two Taffs, third last year, Ballyalton, Irish Cavalier and Attaglance who was second in 2014.
IRISH TRAINED - 36 have tried, Tully East joins 2008 winner Finger On The Pulse. 7 others placed, Powersbomb 22s 4th, The Last Goodbye 5th last year, 2016 Bridgets Pet 33s and 4th. A good return last year from only 6 entries.
6 of the 13 had fallen at least once over fences but only Ballyalton and Radjhani Express of the last seven. And Ballyalton the only one to fall last time out
JOCKEYS - Jamie Codd on Powersbomb joins Shane Shorthall (claiming 5lb) 4th on Bridgets Pet and Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (winner 2013) as being the only amateur or conditional jockeys to have ever finished in the first 4 in any of the 13 versions of this race. Perhaps Sam not as bad a jockey as some say? Two other conditionals last year failed to finish.
BLINKERS/CHEEKPIECES etc - Ballyalton in cheekpieces, Irish Cavalier in first time cheekpieces, the first winners from the 56 to try. Last year 6 wore some type of headgear, best home was Two Taffs in first time cheekpieces and then Powersbomb in his usual hood. In 2016 10 of the 20 runners wore some sort of headgear. Bouvreuil hooded in second place. 2015 Generous Ransom 3rd in second time cheekpieces. 2014, 6 tried best Ahyaknowyourself 3rd. 2013 Ackertac 2nd at 66s. Something wearing first time headgear has been placed in this, some at big prices, in 8 of the last 9. Didn't work 2014 with Art Of Logistics or Close House the only qualifiers.
Beaten Favourite Last time. No winner of this has been beaten favourite last time. Two tried last year, both PU.
Wealth Warning. Any decisions made (or not) or the basis of any information in this site are the sole responsibility of the reader. There is no obligation on me to follow my own advice (Gary). I take no responsibility for (but am keen to hear of) any factual errors. Previous years ‘stats on stats’ would suggest we may identify a decent priced winner from manageable groups every three or four races. I tend to improve as a tipster as the week goes on, possibly too worried on the Tuesday. It is believed that Savello (2014 Grand Annual) took from Golden Chieftain (2013 3m hcap chase) the record for breaking the most stats in a race. Stands now at 8. Cole Harden equalised with 8 in the 2015 World Hurdle. Remember, after you have cursed/laughed at me and given up totally on trends, they will come back to bite. Always happens. Usually on Gold Cup Day Beware GO SEA - Groundless Optimism Syndrome Encouraged by Alcohol. A Cotswold condition very common at this time of year.