10CC – Ten Connections’ Comments

Filed under: Cheltenham Festival 2013,Connection's Comment's,News |

(Updated Tuesday 12th February)

5th February – Naas

Rock Critic did what I thought he would do. He would have preferred better ground but I would say that applies to all horses in the race. I´ll discuss plans with his owner Eva-Marie Haefner. He´s entered at Cheltenham but at the moment I feel he might be more of a Fairyhouse or Punchestown horse. He jumped like a stag, exceptionally well. The plan wasn´t to get there as soon as he did but his jumping took him there. – Dermot Weld trainer.

Defy Logic was probably going to have to run to about 130 to beat Mad Brian and I´m just delighted he did it. The way he gallops he just annihilates horses. I was asked beforehand would he stay at it and I said that I didn´t know because he´s never come off it! I´ll sit down now with Frank [Berry] and see where we go from here. – Paul Nolan, trainer.

7th February – Clonmel.

Inish Island is improving the whole time. The owners might want to go to Cheltenham for the Albert Bartlett but there are plenty of good prizes here at home. We´ll sit down and discuss it. Willie Mullins, trainer

Call The Police is entered in everything, including the Grand National, although I wouldn´t mind coming back to 2 miles either, he´s such a good jumper. – Willie Mullins, trainer

9th February – Leopardstown

Maybe missing the race here at Christmas helped and Our Connor is getting that bit stronger. He was wrong at a lot of his hurdles but his jumping got better as the race went on. He stayed well, so that augurs well for Cheltenham. – Dessie Hughes, trainer He was clever when he needed to be and I actually got there too soon. He is a very good horse. – Bryan Cooper, jockey

Summer Star got a great ride, came home well and stayed on very well. We ran her in the good bumper at Punchestown last year and that took a good bit out of her. If she didn´t run well today off this mark we were in trouble! Ted Walsh, trainer

You´re always afraid after an inspection if it might end the season, so that´s a huge relief. With the way the owner´s horses are set up, I imagine Champagne Fever will go for the Supreme Novices´ Hurdle. The ground may also be the softest it´ll be all week then. – Willie Mullins, trainer

I think drier ground at Cheltenham will be a huge factor and we´ll look at the Jewson Novices Chase, especially if the ground is soft. It´s still four or five weeks away though. I´m just not sure that Boston Bob is back to what he was last Spring. Willie Mullins, trainer

I was thinking of going chasing with Tennis Cap but if he was half the horse I thought he was, he should have been capable of winning a handicap. He has turned it around and will probably go for the County or Coral Cup. – Willie Mullins, trainer

Salsify is coming along nicely now and is timing it just right. He´ll get a week off after this and then we´ll aim him at Cheltenham. Hopefully, he´ll come on another bit and he´s at the same stage as where he was last year.- Rodger Sweeney, trainer

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Posted by on February 13, 2013. Filed under Cheltenham Festival 2013, Connection's Comment's, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply