This is a race for proper National Hunt horses who have aspirations of Cheltenham Gold Cup glory in time. You need to stay longer than the mother in law to win this one….
12 of the 15 had been 1st or 2nd last time out in Graded Class
Seven winners of the G2 late January 2m 5f course trial have run. 3 won, two placed.
12 of the last 14 six or seven years of age.
Only one French Bred winner in last 14
Penhill is W Mullins’ only winner from 35 runners.
Seven of the 15 were course winners. Six others had never been here before.
Eight from the last ten were rated 140+
Minella Indo only winner having had less than 3 runs over hurdles.
Six from the last seven winners started hurdling in 2 mile races.
No winner with an SP under 11/1 since 2014.
Race Distance – about 3 miles. Going 15 years.
Winner to be 6 or 7 years old.
Has won hurdle race over at least 2m 4f.
Harry Senior solid chance on the record of January course form.
May not have already run over 3 miles.
At least 3 runs over hurdles or Graded place last time out.
1st or 2nd last time out in Graded Class or ran in Challow Hurdle.
Hasn’t come from the Flat unless W Mullins.
Irish trained have recently punched above their numbers.
Course winner if given the chance.
Irish or Eng Bred.
Due something under 10/1.
Not beaten favourite last time unless placed in Graded shorter trip.
Rated 140+, if rated.
Thyme Hills, 0.5pts e/w 9/2
Have gone each way in the interest of safety. He has some very good form to his name having finished a couple of lengths behind Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper last year, form we all know about after EA romped home on Wednesday and Abacadabras finished a battling 2nd in the first race of the festival. Both have won multiple Grade 1s this season. Thyme Hill himself won a Grade 2 on his hurdles debut, and followed it up with another Grade 2 win followed by winning the Challow (G1) Hurdle at Newbury. He was always just doing enough in each start and the step-up in trip should pose no issue.