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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Cheltenham

Tom, continued in fine form yesterday with a double for trainer Chris Gordon

at Plumpton - UNANSWERED PRAYERS and BLADE RUNNER

This takes Tom Cannon onto 57 winners for the season and Chris Gordon 31 winners.


Tom, has two rides today at the start of the Cheltenham Festival.


2:10 EDWARDSTONE - COMMENTS

High-class, thoroughly likeable novice; successful last four starts; very strong contender.

Trainer Alan King - Owners - Robert Abrey, Ian Thurtle.

4:50 FOREVER WILLIAM - COMMENTS

Newbury winner; well held in Graded races since; this could be run to suit him.

Trainer Alan King - Owners - The Barbury Lions 6.


Trainer Alan King views his two runners - Alan has only a handful of runners at the meeting, but obviously Edwardstone is our big hope and that comes on day one in the Arkle Chase, in which seven of his 10 opponents are trained in Ireland.

So will Edwardstone be number 16 for Alan at the most important Festival in jump racing? He replied:”I hope so, but I am only too well aware how difficult it is to win any race at Cheltenham, let alone one of the Grade 1’s.

“The Arkle has always been Edwardstone’s target, and, apart from being brought down on his seasonal debut, he has done everything right all winter.

“He schooled with Sceau Royal last week and his jumping was very good, and there are no worries about either the ground or the trip. He has speed and stamina, his preparation has gone smoothly, and I have never disguised how talented I think he is. But now the talking has to stop and we have to see whether he is good enough.”

Our other runner on the opening day is Forever William in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle (formerly the Fred Winter).

Forever William is equipped with a visor for the first time, and Alan explained:”He’s lazy and can make life difficult for himself and his jockey, so if we can get him to travel a bit better it will be a big help.

“He was flat out the whole way in a fast-run Triumph Hurdle trial over the course in January, but he stuck to his task very well to get third, so it was a good solid run. We schooled him in the headgear last week, the aim being to sharpen him up, so we’ll give it a go.”


Photo - Edwardstone - Tom Cannon



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