I’m worried about Champ’s jumping for this race. I think it’s a major problem.
There’s 20 fences in the RSA. Law of averages says you going to meet one or two of them wrong, and the problem is when he meets them wrong he just isn’t very clever at getting his feet out of the way.
That’s the big worry if you’re backing him. I think the biggest surprise of all is Robbie Power rides Slate House and not Copperhead.
Everyone is talking up Copperhead saying he’s a good thing and a certainty, and then Robbie says ‘I’m riding Slate House!’
I asked him “which way are you edging?” and he said towards Slate House. Despite winning his last three, when I spoke his Copperhead’s trainer Colin Tizzard about it, he thought the form from the Ascot race he won in mid-February was weak.
- Ruby Walsh’s Cheltenham Festival Cheat Sheet
- Frank Hickey’s 3 horses he fancies who are well handicapped
- Frank Hickey is taking on these 4 favourites at the Festival
As a jockey you have to have an opinion. Copperhead did start in handicap company so you have to ask the question how did he get so well handicapped, even if he has improved through it.
But I’d have a bigger worry about Slate House’s jumping than Champ’s jumping. I’m not mad about the way he jumps.