Barry Geraghty Sporting Insights 13/12/2019

Barry Geraghty’s Sporting Index blog: Secret Investor is the one I fear most in Caspian Caviar

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

I’ve been out for a run at Cheltenham this morning (Friday) and the ground seems pretty good. I’d say it’s good to soft and it should suit everyone really.

There’s not a great deal of rain around either, so we’d be hoping for nice conditions on both days of the International Meeting.

The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is the big one tomorrow and I’ve got a good chance, but first up I ride Champagne Platinum in the Grade 2 Novices’ Chase (12:45pm).

It looks a pretty competitive race where Mister Fisher probably sets the standard, but there’s plenty in there with chances.

He won a couple of nice races last season but he then disappointed at Punchestown. That was a Grade 1 but I think we were still hoping for a better show than he produced.

On that last run he needs to improve a bit, but on the positive side he’s been impressing in his schooling and we think he’ll take well to fences.

He’s a horse we’ve always thought a fair bit of and he’s been doing well at home in the build up to this race.

Brelan D’As, who I finished second on in the big race at Cheltenham last month, is my mount in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1:55pm). He surprised a few people with his last run, me included!

It was a great effort and, though this is a competitive race again, a reproduction of that run has to put him in the frame.

We gone up 5lbs for that last run which is never ideal but we’re still hopeful he can go close again.

Secret Investor is the one I fear most. He’s stepping out of novice company and could still be improving.

Dame De Compagnie

Lastly, I ride Dame De Compagnie in the closing mares’ handicap hurdle (3:40pm).

She ran a good race to finish sixth in the Greatwood last time considering it was her first run back after a long time off the track.

It was a slightly funny race in that there wasn’t much pace on. She got a little out-paced and then stayed on again, so I’d imagine the step up in trip would suit.

If she builds on that run she’ll be competitive, but we’re still finding our way back with her after missing a season through injury.

Of the three, I think you’ve got to fancy Brelan D’As most based on the strength of what he did the last day.

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