Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cheltenham Competition 2024: Harry Cobden backs Bravemansgame as one of the best British Gold Cup hopeful | Racing Information


Harry Cobden nonetheless deems Bravemansgame to be one of the best British hope for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, regardless of defeat in December’s King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Regardless of being overwhelmed in dramatic trend by Hewick on Boxing Day, Cobden believes Paul Nicholls’ star has the aptitude to remain the three mile distance.

Chatting with Sky Sports activities Racing at Doncaster, Cobden stated: “Folks say he would not keep three and 1 / 4 miles, I disagree, I feel he does keep. I went via that King George the opposite day and it was solely 30 days after the race at Haydock. Everybody all the time says he is all the time good contemporary.

Wonderful margins at Kempton

“Nico type of strides on and you’ll’t let Shishkin go 10 lengths in entrance of you, are you able to? I’ve tried to stay with him, and we upped the ante.”

Shishkin, below the steering of Nico de Boinville, came upon touchdown after the penultimate fence.

Cobden defined: “Shishkin comes all the way down to the second final and stumbles out the again of it. I run into the again of him and assume it is price me two or three lengths simply because I’ve practically fallen off him and missed a stride and a half. Bravemansgame needed to get going once more.

“I believed going to the final, proper, we’ll beat Allaho and win the King George after which subsequently previous Hewick has come excessive and overwhelmed the lot of us. I am unsure if he is picked up or no matter however I feel we have slower, and he is stored going on the identical velocity.”

Bravemansgame was subsequent in situ on the time of Shishkin’s mishap and was arguably finest positioned to problem the chief to the end.

A Gold Cup hopeful?

Cobden added: “I took my lad out of the race chasing Shishkin and attempting to stick with him after which we have ended up strolling from the again of the final. He is nonetheless a very good horse and for those who take Willie Mullins’ horse that received the Gold Cup out of the race final yr then he is completely bolted up hasn’t he?

“I see he is 20/1 for a Gold Cup now, I feel he is a large value for that. Paul’s going to freshen him up, get him again and probably run him within the Denman Chase earlier than he goes to Cheltenham. I really assume he is nonetheless in all probability one of the best three-mile chaser on this nation.”

Cobden decided to maintain Bowen off Burdett Highway

At Doncaster, Cobden was additionally quizzed on circulating footage of high jockey James Bowen sat on Triumph Hurdle contender Burdett Highway.

Cobden laughed: “It saves me a visit to Newmarket, would not it? I spoke to James Owen yesterday and he stated the horse is in good kind. James rides just a few so he thought he’d have a sit on it, however I am going to be certain that he would not experience it.”

Burdett Highway is presently favorite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, with odds presently across the 11/2 mark.

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