The Jump season started in spectacular fashion at Cheltenham over the Weekend with the Annual October Showcase
Cheltenham Form vital
The undulation of Cheltenham suits some horses with others unable to come to terms with its unforgiving nature.
The old saying of ‘horses for courses’ is an age-old cliche, but it often proves useful here and was highlighted at the Showcase meeting, with five previous course winners successful at the track again.
Al Dancer, Benny’s Bridge, Quel Destin, Slate House and Tobefair were proven quantities at Cheltenham, but surprisingly only two of the five went off favourite, with Pertemps Final runner-up Tobefair sent off at 8-1.
Do not Bank on the novices
Although these horses may seem impressive, only 3 novices winners at the October meet have gone on to win at the Festival in March.
These Horses will have a fine future in jump races but history books suggest they will have a lot of work to do if they are to win Grade 1 races in meetings to come.
Success for Local Trainers
The opening two days of the jump season brought about a whole host of local success.
Gloucestershire trainers O’Brien, Nigel Twiston-Davies and David Bridgwater all got in on the act for a total of five winners across the two days, with the latter claiming his first Cheltenham winner since the 2013-14 season.
However, while October cheer may be high among the locals, it is a theme rarely replicated come March, with the Irish contingent particular stronger at the festival. Willie Mullins was not represented at this meeting and Gordon Elliott had just three runners, all of whom were busy over the summer.