Harry Cobden Blog: Cyrname ready to bounce back like Joshua

Cyrname Vs Altior

Part and parcel of racing is returning from a defeat, and in some cases, high profile ones. That’s the job we have with the superb Cyrname following his defeat on Boxing Day in the King George. We return to Ascot to defend the Ascot Chase and I can’t wait to get back on the track with him. We’re all hoping to see the very best Cyrname like we did 12 months ago.

He wasn’t quite 100% that day for whatever reason, and its sometimes difficult to put your finger on it. You look at an athlete like Anthony Joshua, who always looks physically impeccable, trains well, but can still not be 100%. The problem with horses is they can’t tell you themselves if they’re not 100% ready for a race, like a human athlete can. Which is what makes the game so intriguing.

He seems in good form having schooled him in the week. Scott who rides him at home says he’s as good as he’s ever been. All being well he’s ready to roll. We haven’t done too much differently to his normal preparation, and Paul has just freshened him up a bit at home, which he’s a master of. The boss certainly leaves no stone unturned in his preparation.

I think you’ve got still consider him as the best chaser in the country. I was in the race with Altior on Saturday on Dynamite Dollars and when Nico got serious on Altior he absolutely flew past us, and I can tell you we were not going slow ourselves! So you have to remember he beat Altior at Ascot, and probably had a much harder race than it looked, and any of us initially thought. To beat a horse like that, one of the best I’ve ever seen, has to have taken something out of him.

He obviously loves it round Ascot, as his record speaks for itself. You look at his win in this race last year and he’s absolutely demolished them. But saying that, I think that if the same Cyrname that beat Altior earlier in the year, fresh, on his game, turned up on Boxing Day, I think he’d have been extremely hard to beat. All we can do now is look ahead, beginning on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll see the very best of Cyrname, because when he’s in the mood he’s unbelievable to ride.

Also at Ascot I ride Danny Whizzbang in the Grade 2 Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase who won well at Newbury on his first go at fences earlier in the season, beating the talented Reserve Tank. He then finished a fine third in a Grade 1 last time at Kempton. He’s a horse that is improving all the time and he can certainly feature in this competitive Novice Chase.

At 3.00 I’m aboard Malaya who ran a little disappointingly at Sandown last time, but I rode her earlier in the week and she seems well and in good form. So we’re hopeful for a better showing tomorrow.

Easyrun De Vassy (4.10, Ascot) ran very well first time in a handicap at Taunton only just getting beat. He was going well last time at Ascot only to nearly be brought down, which spoiled any chance of him winning. This is a competitive event, but I think he can win of his current mark.





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