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The From The Horse’s Mouth team took a close look at the Turners Novices Chase and top trader Frank Hickey is siding with Galopin Des Champs over Bob Olinger.
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“Lhomme Presse was impressive in winning two handicaps at Exeter and Ascot off marks of 128 and 136 respectively. He took the step up in grade in his stride when easily winning the Grade 2 Paddy Power Dipper Novices Chase. The form is mixed from that race, with Fantastikas all out to win at Lingfield, while Oscar Elite was well beaten in a handicap at Cheltenham off 137 and Come On Teddy was beaten up in Newcastle. He is good and looks the biggest challenger from the UK but he will have it to do against the Irish.
“I’m a huge fan of Jungle Boogie and think he has a serious engine but is obviously fragile as he didn’t make his debut until he was nearly seven years old and he is now eight years old and has only had three runs. I wouldn’t be as keen on him for this race as I would put him in the Festival Novices Chase over 3m. He is tailor made for it and I would think is very likely to improve at 3m.
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“Farouke D’Alene travelled well at Naas this week but he could have jumped better. He was just outstayed by Stattler and were he to run here, you couldn’t rule him out. In eight starts under rules, he has won five and been second twice. He will need to jump better but if he put in a decent round of jumping, he’d have a place chance at least.
“Dusart is very lightly raced, with a bumper win and a third in the Grade 1 novice hurdle at Aintree over 2m. He managed to win his chase debut but his jumping was erratic and was way out to his left and while going left handed will help, he won’t be able to jump like that and win at Grade 1 level. He might even be better suited to going up to 3m.
“Galopin Des Champs should run here and he would beat Bob Olinger. He was electric on his chasing debut at Leopardstown on December 28, where he beat Ain’t That A Shame by 22l. His jumping was brilliant and it isn’t easy for six year old’s to win the 3m race, so this would look a better fit. Allaho and Al Boum Photo have been turned over in that race as six year old’s. He can use his jumping over 2m4f. I really feel strongly that this is Galopin Des Champs’ race.”
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