I do this feature from time to time. There were a few horses that caught my eye over the last while who I will highlight here. The dust has settled from Cheltenham 2017. There were four horse who caught my eye during the festival who did not win.
I think Two Taffs is a horse with a lot of potential still despite the fact Two Taffs is still a maiden over fences. I reckon if Davy Russell could have one ride again at Cheltenham 2017 it would be the one on Two Taffs in the Close Brothers Novice Handicap chase. On that occasion Two Taffs given a fair bit to do missed the second last . The bird had flown and Two Taffs finished third less then two lengths behind Tully East . I am hoping Dan Skelton will preserve Two Taffs novice status for next season. Two Taffs is of serious interest going forward possibly for the Scottish Grand National meeting or the showcase meeting in October at Cheltenham.
Bun Doran also ran in the Close Brothers Novice Handicap chase finishing sixth. I thought Bun Doran ran a race full of promise as well as potential , Bun Doran was only beaten just over nine lengths into sixth place.This was a good effort on ground a bit lively for Bun Doran. I think the mark Bun Doran has of 139 is very workable. Bun Doran looks on a decent mark when returning to softer ground.
Beware The Bear
Beware The Bear has had a good season over fences. A defeat of Singlefarmpayment in November on debut over fences has been well advertised by that horse. Beware The Bear was really well backed for the four miler at the Cheltenham Festival. An X rated mistake early on put Beware The Bear on the back foot, however to his credit he stuck at it. I would seriously consider Beware The Bear for a Scottish Grand National or a Bet 365 gold Cup (old Whitbread). Beware The Bear may swerve these assignments for this season, however Beware The Bear is of major interest for long distance handicap chases in the future.
Calipto was a very promising juvenile hurdler. When you go back and look at Calipto's back form from his hurdling career you will find top class efforts, from his fourth in the 2014 Triumph Hurdle (jockey’s stirrup leather snapped two out) as well as a fourth place in the 2015 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Calipto had some good novice chase form with Garde La Victoire and Tea For Two. Calipto now sits on 138 a very nice mark. The ground in the Grand Annual may have gone too quick for Calipto when finishing sixth to Rock The World. Calipto has been switched to Venetia Williams from Paul Nicholls. It would no surprise to me if Calipto pitched up in the Red Rum at Aintree. If the ground was softer Calipto would be of serious interest. There is also a possibility of a raid on Punchestown from a mark of 138 also.