‘When they are afraid to go into her stable, that’s when she’s at her best’ | Horse Racing News

The best Cheltenham Festival quotes from last week. . .


We couldn’t be any happier with him. He worked really, really well so I’m looking forward to it.
Tiger Roll delighted Gordon Elliott in a racecourse workout at Leopardstown before his run in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

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He’s showing a lot more pace at home now than he ever has before. He stays really well but he’s showing us gears that we never thought were there.
Elliott was also pleased by what he had seen at home from Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Galvin

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A lot of people are questioning whether he gets up the hill or will cope with the undulations at Cheltenham. I don’t know the answer to those definitively, but I do know he’s a damn good horse with a brilliant attitude and could go all the way. He could be absolutely top notch.
Bryan Drew, the part-owner of Bravemansgame, was in bullish form a week before his star chaser runs in the Brown Advisory

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Jamie [Snowden] said he did a sparkling final piece of work this morning and the Ultima has been the plan for quite some time. I’d dearly love to win it and he’s our best chance yet.
Max McNeill dreams of his first Cheltenham Festival winner and talks up the chance of Kiltealy Briggs, who is set to run in the Ultima, a race the owner sponsors

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Honeysuckle is probably the only mare in training at the moment who you could argue maybe doesn’t need it. We have it, though, and we’re not going to send it back!
Peter Molony, racing manager to owner Kenny Alexander, discusses the 7lb mares’ allowance last year’s Champion Hurdle winner benefits from

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She achieved her highest rating there and it was over three miles so why not roll the dice in the Stayers’? Not only that, the ground wasn’t that slow at Gowran on Thyestes day either, but she put up a good performance.
Peter Fahey explains why Galmoy Hurdle winner Royal Kahala is set to run in the Stayers’ Hurdle rather than the Mares’ Hurdle

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Straight after that, I backed him for Cheltenham this year. He was 50-1 then. We’re yet to find out if that was a good bet, but it seemed like a good move at the time and it’s not looking bad just now.
Bruce Wymer, who owns Ahoy Senor with wife Carron, revealed he is sitting on an excellent ante-post position before the Grade 1 winner runs in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase

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Bruce Wymer (far left) and wife Carron after Ahoy Senor’s win at Aintree, which inspired a memorable ante-post bet

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She’s not an easy mare to manage and, when they are afraid to go into her stable down at Henry’s [de Bromhead], that’s usually when she’s at her best. She was a bit quiet in herself earlier in the season, especially after she ran at Fairyhouse, but Henry seems to have a glint in his eye about her again.
Put The Kettle On’s part-owner John Dermody says the brilliant mare is coming back to her best in the days before her Queen Mother Champion Chase defense

I’ve not run anything on horrible ground and it’s just we haven’t run the horses. Don’t worry.
Nicky Henderson played down concerns about the form of his Seven Barrows string in the build-up to Cheltenham

There are plenty of horses who melt in that kind of environment, but he plays to that audience and I’m sure that’s one reason the crowd love him. I definitely view that as a positive, not a negative.
Emma Lavelle explains her belief that the Cheltenham cauldron plays to Paisley Park’s strengths

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