Tom Scudamore: “Panic Attack would be my best ride of the day”
Coral ambassador previews his rides ahead of Cheltenham on Friday
Cheltenham 13:15 – Induno
This is always an important three days in the calendar for the yard. Martin Pipe used to farm races at this meeting, and it remains a key target for Dave and I as it really is when the season sets alight.
The yard won the Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle twelve months ago, and this time we’re represented by Induno, with Fergus Gillard on board.
He won his bumper well, then followed up first time over hurdles, before he was a bit disappointing when beaten on Boxing day.
He’s a horse we’ve always liked and although he perhaps hasn’t lived up those expectations just yet, he seems to have strengthened up nicely over this summer.
Fergus has had a good start to the season, winning a couple of times on good old Dell’Arca, and I’m sure the pair can go well here.
Cheltenham 13:50 – Eamon An Cnoic
This fellow is something of a standing dish here at Cheltenham, having raced here plenty of times.
He’s still a bit higher in the handicap than when he last got his nose in front, so the more rain, the better here as far as he’s concerned.
As you’d expect it’s a competitive race, but he goes well fresh and hopefully he can run a decent race.
Cheltenham 15:00 – Kingswell Theatre
Realistically it’s going to be very difficult for Kingswell Theatre. With Tiger Roll running, we’re a long way out of the handicap.
Easysland showed when winning the Cross-Country race at the Festival how good he is, and with Potters Corner, a Coral Welsh National winner also in the race, we look up against it.
That said, he does come alive over these Cross-Country fences. He’s a stone better here, and if he runs to his very best and we pick up some prize money, that would be great.
Cheltenham 16:05 – Panic Attack
Panic Attack won a Listed Bumper and was then switched to Dave’s. She left her Cheltenham Festival run behind her to finish second and first on her two runs over hurdles this season.
As with Eamon An Cnoic, this filly would prefer some more rain. She’s been given a mark of 119 and we’ll see here how fair that is, but she’d be my best ride of the day.