With only a week until the start of the Cheltenham Festival there is lots of news filtering through the racing world that will be of interest to both armchair punters and professional gamblers. These snippets of information help to pinpoint the big price fancies and avoid the also-rans.
Some interesting news is coming out of the David Pipe stable. Popular horse Trop Fort has recovered enough from a horrendous fall at Taunton last month for a crack at the Triumph Hurdle to be a real possibility, although the decision will be made at the last possible minute.
The four-year-old was going well in the race when he took a horrendous fall at the last and was hit by First In the Queue, ridden by Tony McCoy. First In Queue recovered quickly and picked up a win at Huntingdon on the weekend but Trop Fort was expected to be out for some time. Although only a 33/1 shot to claim victor in the Triumph Hurdle, the horse will be welcomed back to racing by spectators who witnessed the terrible accident.
In other news, a horse that will not being running at the Festival is the Nicky Henderson-trained Riverside Theatre. The popular seven-year-old was scheduled to run in the Ryanair Chase but has suffered a hairline fracture of the pelvis and has been forced to withdraw.
The horse was 9/2 favourite to claim victory in the race and had attracted strong support following a good win at Ascot last month. Despite the set back Henderson is still the 6/4 favourite to be crowned top trainer at the Festival.
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