Henderson dominated day two of the Festival and looks like he could pick up a big prize on day three with Riverside Theatre in the Ryanair Chase. In what looks a quality field I believe that he can score another dramatic success to add to the 3000/1 four timer Henderson achieved yesterday. Crockford’s Dead Cert and Whisper both turned out to be pipe dreams as neither Grand Crus or Balgarry surprising got home – he may fair better today with Notus de La Tour an interesting novice in the Plate (4.00) or if he has got his new charge the mercurial grey (Zaynar) right in the Jewson (1.30).
Crockford’s Dead Cert: Riverside Theatre (Ryanair 2.40)
Stylish on his return this season and aimed at this race, Riverside Theatre looks one of the quality acts for Henderson at the Festival. Yes – he does have stiff competition for the leading role in the final act as they come up the hill, but I am sure he will receive the plaudits and applause today.
Crockford’s Whisper: Becauseicouldntsee (Kim Muir 4.40)
This horse could spring a bit of surprise in the last on the card and many punters may not see him on their selection lists. Crockford’s whisper stands a strong chance of a place at a good double figured price.
Crockford’s other gambles for day three of the Festival:
Jewson (1.30) – Peddlers Cross and Zaynar (e/w)
Pertemps Final (2.05) – Restless Harry
Ryanair (2.40) – Riverside Theatre, Forpaddytheplasterer (e/w) and Alberta’s Run (e/w)
World Hurdle (3.20) – Big Buck’s, Voler la Vedette (e/w), Mourad (e/w) and Smad Place (e/w)
Byrne Plate (4.00) – Notus de La Tour
Kim Muir (4.40) – Becauseicouldntsee
This is how Crockford’s gambles faired yesterday:
National Hunt (1.30) -Allee Garde (unplaced)
Neptune (2.05) – Simonsig (1st 2/1) and Felix Yonger (2nd 16/1)
RSA (2.40) – Grand Crus (unplaced)
Queen Mother (3.20) – Sizing Europe (2nd 4/5) and Realt Dubh (unplaced)
Coral Cup (4.00) – Balgarry (unplaced), Carlito Brigante (unplaced) and Third Intention (unplaced)
Fred Winter (4.40) – Royal Bonsai (unplaced)
Champion Bumper (5.15) – New Year’s Eve (2nd 9/2) and Jezki (unplaced)