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The logical place to start is the Festival Trials meeting at Cheltenham last Saturday, which featured five graded races on its seven-race card.
The best performance on the card—and of the last seven days, in fact—from a ratings perspective came from Smad Place in the BetBright Trial Chase (otherwise known as the Cotswold or Argento) as he beat Many Clouds by twelve lengths, with Theatre Guide finishing placed behind Smad Place for the second start running (third in Hennessy).
Douvan just has to turn up to win the Arkle and there’s no bet in the race as things stand.
That’s right, isn’t it? Well, to be honest, the first bit probably is given Douvan’s form over fences is at least a stone better than any of his likely rivals and he’s open to further improvement for the Willie Mullins yard that saddled winner Un de Sceaux last year and close second Champagne Fever in 2014.
The current favourites for the Gold Cup and World Hurdle are set to run at Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday, and neither Djakadam in the BetBright Trial nor Thistlecrack in the Cleeve Hurdle look opposable, even with their slim odds.
All three editions of this column in 2016 have mostly centred around Willie Mullins’ growing army of Graded performers, and the final piece of January will be no different.
At the beginning of the month it was the turn of Graham Wylie’s three ‘hills’ – Bellshill, Yorkhill and Shaneshill – to take centre stage. Next came exciting Supreme favourite Min, while last week’s edition highlighted victories for the likes of Black Hercules, Roi des Francs and Killultagh Vic, all seemingly headed to Cheltenham holding outstanding chances.
Holler landed an early blow for the three-year-olds in a strong renewal of the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Holler signed off his spring campaign with a romp around the Valley that netted him a rating of 113p. On Saturday he was able to pick up where he left off, running to a new peak rating of 117 and edging his way onto the three-year-old leaderboard where he sits in a tie for fifth alongside fellow sprinters Counterattack , Keen Array and the Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me .
The reassuring longevity of National Hunt racing’s leading lights – and some of its lesser ones as well – is regularly put forward as one of its great appeals.
Except, in recent seasons, the familiarity has applied far more to a certain trainer’s relentless presence on the big stage than it has any animal’s.
There’s little real change to report this week, with the only division that looks much different being the staying novice chasers, though No More Heroes (155p) and More of That (151p) still lead the way.
Black Hercules has jumped from 144p to 151p following his ready defeat of Definitly Red (142 from 131p) in a listed event over three miles on heavy ground at Warwick last Saturday. Black Hercules was near the top of his generation in both bumpers (119) and over hurdles (147), and it looks like he’s going to take equally high rank among the staying novice chasers this season.
● Historical Timeform Ratings - Australia
● 2yo's Timeform Ratings
● 3yo's Timeform Ratings
● 4yo's Timeform Ratings
● 5yo+ Timeform Ratings
● World Top Rated
● Global Rankings
Each day any horse from the top 20 Timeform Tables that is scheduled to race will be listed.
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