Harry Cobden Blog: Hoping Investor has the Secret to reclaim Denman Chase

Super Saturday Upcoming

This is a race I won last year on Clan Des Obeaux so already holds happy memories for me, and even more so for the boss Paul Nicholls who is going for an incredible 10th win in the race. It’s obviously named after the legendary Denman who he trained and had huge success with so it comes with additional significance to the yard. It’s a decent pot of prize money as well so we’d love to be taking that home with us again.

This year I ride Secret Investor. He’s up against it a bit with the brilliant Native River likely to be lining up.  Last time out we didn’t quite see his true running at Cheltenham, however he’s a really good horse on his day. He’s had a break to freshen him up for this one which is always a positive and we hope he’ll run to up his best beacuse of it.

It’s a similar story in the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase where I ride Dynamite Dollars who comes up against another talented star in Altior. It’s his first run of the season having recovered from a small injury early on so it’ll be exciting to see how he gets on. I schooled him during the week and he jumped really well so he’s in good order and I’ll be hoping for the best. Whatever he does on Saturday he’ll improve a huge amount heading into the Festival.

In the Betfair Hurdle I ride Pic D’Orhy. He didn’t run up to his best at Ascot last time out and was unlucky to fall in France before that. He’s got a little bit of weight to contend with here but he’s sure to come on from his last run. He was a little keen last time out but we’re hoping a stiff trip round Newbury should be right up his street so fingers crossed for a decent run.

In addition to those three I ride Mon Des Avaloirs in the 4:10 at Newbury. He ran nicely at Newbury in November where he finished 4th in behind the RSA favourite Champ so he shouldn’t be too far away based on that.

Getting Cheltenham Ready

It’s now just over a month to go until The Festival.  At Ditcheat we’re really now begining to gear up towards it, getting the horses in order and ready for peak performance at Cheltenham. This year we’ve got plenty to look forward to. Notably Clan Des Obeaux looks to have a huge chance in a wide-open Gold Cup. There’s still a long way to go however and as a jockey you just have to take each day as it comes, stay in one piece as best you can and keep pushing for winners.

My Top 3 horses growing up

Alongside my standard blog, Great British Racing have asked me to select my top three horses growing up!

Kauto Star: What can you say about this guy? A true champion, and a National Hunt legend. His name is imprinted all over Manor Farm Stables. What I would give to have ridden him in his prime!

Sprinter Sacre: In his prime he was simply unbeatable over 2 miles, and his comeback in the Shloer Chase was so special.

Hurricane Fly: A Cheltenham legend winning two Champion Hurdles and an incredible five of the Irish equivalent. He was so slick over hurdles, a real natural.


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