Sunday, February 17, 2008

Weekend update

The good news is that Kauto Star's suspected injury is not as serious as was first feared. The horse has a minor infection in a foot; Paul Nicholls has assured the media the horse is still on course for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Denman's price appears to have shortened with this news - he's a best priced 13/8 now, while Ladbrokes make both horses 5/4 joint favourites.

An interesting snippet to come out of the BBC's coverage at Ascot and Haydock was that senior handicapper Phil Smith would have allocated Snowy Morning an additional nine pounds for the Grand National if the weights had been framed a week later. Snowy Morning is a 10/1 favourite with several bookmakers although Corals are taking a different view and offer a miserly 7/1.

The Francois Doumen trained Kasbah Bliss turned around Long Walk Hurdle form with Lough Derg in no uncertain terms at Haydock yesterday. The turn of foot displayed after the last was impressive and brought to mind a piece Nick Mordin wrote in the Weekender dated 5-9 December 2007. In that article Nick talked about this horse's ability to quicken at the end of a three mile race. Previously this season KB had run twice in this country, disappointing on both occasions, but yesterday it was evident why he's held in high regard and is considered by some as the next Baracouda. Is this the horse to challenge Inglis Drever in the World Hurdle? Totesport and Corals offer 10/1 at the time of writing while Ladbrokes only go 7/1.

There was no sign of Angus 'Statto' Loughran during the BBC's racing coverage yesterday. When you're down on your luck, it appears the Corporation are only too willing to drop you like the proverbial hot potato...

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