Irish Champion Hurdle Day – an either or situation
The either being Solwhit, the or being Celestial Halo.
It’s a shame the ground is on the heavy side today but of all the trainers’ remarks I have seen Paul Nicholls seems the most laid back, feeling the track will suit CH. The Irish trainers on the other hand, including Donna’s Palm’s Noel Meade, seem to think they “will know where they are” with their horses after the race. With Punjabi beaten yesterday there’s everything to play for.
I have had my fingers burnt by both the either and the or in the past. Solwhit’s disappointing (to me anyway) display at Newcastle last autumn and Celestial Halo’s agonising miss in March.
*At this point the laptop crashed and I lost a paragraph! – so from memory it went something like this
The form book says Solwhit should win (and I am discounting Celestial Halo’s lacklustre performance @ Aintree last April over 2 and half miles) having beaten Punjabi himself which Celestial Halo couldn’t quite manage. I wonder though. I wonder if Celestial Halo has just that bit more tactical speed. It seems silly to mention it on the heavy going. Yes, it’s a definite either or.
Ok – it’s going to be the Halo…