Dodging Bullets can gun down rivals

The racing at Cheltenham this afternoon is very competitive, but I’m more than hopeful that Dodging Bullets (3.05) can follow in the hoofprints of Far West, who landed the nap in style last weekend.

He was a bit disappointing at Aintree on his final race of last seasonm but it was at the end of the year and he was probably over the top at that stage.

I know he’s a horse Paul [Nicholls] likes, but he can take a bit of a grip. He jumped a lot better on his second and third runs than he did on his debut and he’s going in the right direction. Obviously he has Baby Mix to beat but we’re getting eight pounds from him and that’s a fair pull. He’s a horse with a big future and he’s still a novice, so this could be a very interesting season for him.

My first ride of the day is on That’lldoboy (2.30) and he has fallen on his last two starts. He has schooled well recently and has a nice weight but it’s a £50,000 chase at Cheltenham on a Saturday — you know it’s going to be as competitive as hell.

Prince Tom (3.40) could run a huge race and only finish fourth — it’s that type of race — but he’s fit and well and has a fighting chance.

Rolling Aces (4.20) was a very decent point to pointer but his form tailed off towards the end of last season. You’re talking about another big-field handicap and you need luck, but he’ll love the trip and he is potentially well handicapped so I’m looking forward to a big run from him.

I thought Jump City (4.55) was going to be a star when I rode him to win a novice hurdle at Exeter but for one reason or the other things didn’t happen for him. He had his summer break, won his first start over fences and I’m hoping that will give him the confidence to continue on.

Of all the novice chases at this meeting this weekend, to me this is the weakest one. It’s a wide open contest but I think he’ll run well.

I’d be lying to you if I told you how good or bad my mount in the bumper, Southfield Theatre, is because I don’t’ know. But the bumper horse in Chepstow last week (McIlhatton) ran well and this horse has had a couple of starts and might be a bit more forward. The form of his run here at Cheltenham in January has worked out very well so it’d be no surprise if he went close.

I have four rides at Cork tomorrow starting with Regusci (2.10), for Tony Martin. I’ve had a couple of winners for him recently and his horses are clearly in good form. Tony tells me the horse has improved over the summer and is expecting a big run.

Last Time D’Albain (3.15) drops back to hurdling for the first time in almost a year and a half but he looks very well handicapped over hurdles compared to his chase mark. He is a magnificent jumper of fences and dropping back can be a bit tricky but I think he’ll run a huge race.

I’m on Tom Mullins’ Fosters Cross in the two-mile handicap chase (3.45). Even though it looks a stiff task giving weight all around, he’s a good horse on his day and I think it’s a race he can win.

I also ride King Of Queens for Tom in the two-mile handicap hurdle (4.50) and I know it’s a horse he likes. His last run over hurdles was almost four years ago but he has had a couple of outings on the flat recently. While it’s competitive, it’s not an outstanding race and he could run a big race at a big price.

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