Betfair are running a competition to win a framed photo print stamped by Kauto Star or a Betfair scarf stamped.
All you have to do is to follow Betfair on twitter @BetfairRacing and tweet with the hashtag #kautoyoustar saying what make Kauto a star to you. Full details here
Hennessy Gold Cup
It's Hennessy Gold Cup day tomorrow and there is a lot of opinion as to the likely victor, as you might imagine.
Lets start with one time favourite Great Endeavour.
Nick Mordin has a very interesting piece highlighting the shortcomings of the UK method of assessing the ground conditions on track.
As his example he assesses the runaway success of Great Endeavour in the Paddy Power Gold Cup…
I think it was misleading for most bookies to mark Great Endeavour up as favourite for the Hennessy following this run. You only have to look at the horse's record to agree with trainer David Pipe's assessment that the 3m 2f of that race ‘might be a bit far'.
I have to agree with this assessment and see no value in following GE.
So let's assess the others…
Neptune Collenges – Excluded on age and recent form
Planet of Sound, Wayward Prince, Muirhead, Blazing Bailey – Recent Form
Fair Along, Balthazar King, Tullamore Dew, Billie Magern, Qhilimar – Out of the handicap
Beshabar – Needs further
Carruthers – Prefers small fields and heavy ground
Michel Le Bon – No recent form, hard to assess, possible danger
Sarando, The Giant Bolster – Suspect jumping ability
That leaves Aiteen Thirteethree & Wymott. We prefer Wymott who's last run can be excluded after picking up an injury. Set to carry just 10-2, he will also carry our stake. Good luck
Newbury 3.50 Colour Squadron (Result 2nd)