Tom Scudamore: “Leoncavallo has got a cracking chance.”
Coral ambassador discusses his Saturday rides
Our man Tom Scudamore gave us his take on his weekend runners and what he’s looking forward to riding at Cheltenham.
13.50 Sandown – Martinhal
His last two runs have been very good, winning both of them. He’s meeting Karl Philippe on 3lbs worse terms for a neck beating around Exeter, so on these revised terms he’s better off with us, but my horse has improved since then.
He’s a horse we have always liked and on his last two starts he’s proved that faith wasn’t misplaced. I’m looking forward to riding him tomorrow, and in the future he is going to make up into a really nice chaser.
14.25 Sandown – Leoncavallo
He has done really well since he came to David (Pipe). He had a great season on the Flat culminating in a terrific run in the Cesarewitch.
He won a novice chase in the summer breaking the track record around Stratford. He was then out waiting for the spring ground. I think he has a very good chance in this. He seemed to improve on the Flat over the summer, and though he’s off a high mark he is entitled to be because his hurdles form when he came to David’s was very good.
He seems in very good order and I’m looking forward to it. I think he’s got a cracking chance. You’ve got to respect Gary Moore’s horse (Natural History) who was a very good horse on the flat and is beginning to show that form over hurdles.
Adagio (Triumph) and Brinkley (Pertemps) are two horses I’m really looking forward to riding.
The Triumph is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races at the Festival, and Adagio is one of the leading players.