Weekend Review: Itchy Feet puts foot on the gas in the Scilly Isles

No Itchy Feet At Sandown

Saturday and Sunday threw up Cheltenham clues aplenty on both sides of the Irish sea. There was Grade 1 action at Sandown in the Scilly Isles Chase where Itchy Feet won his maiden top-level event, and at the same time stamped his credentials for the Festival.

All eyes were on Irish star Laurina from the powerful WIllie Mullins stable before the off, but her challenge never materialized. It was rising trainer Ollie Murphy and jockey Gavin Sheehan who were the main beneficiaries of Laurina’s no show as Itchy Feet powered home in the final stages to claim an eye-catching victory. They will have the Marsh Novice’s Chase (formely JLT) in their sights in March.

 

The Machine Is Back In Working Order

You could hear the cheers from across the Irish Sea as superstar Faugheen rolled back the years at Leapardstown during this weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival. The loveable veteran has begun a chasing career at the tender age of 12, and he seems to be loving the larger obstacles. Only a year ago it looked like the multiple top-level winner was set for retirement, only for Willie Mullins to take ‘The Machine’ on an adventure in the chasing sphere.

He was made to battle on the run in but displayed a huge amount of heart to land the Flogas Novice Chase under Paul Townend. Much to delight of the packed Irish crowd. Simply sensational!

Honey Sweet For The Festival?

Top Irish mare Honeysuckle held off the challenge of Petit Mouchoir in the Irish Champion Hurdle, and it will be down to trainer Henry De Bromhead now to decide wether she tackles the Champion Hurdle or the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham. She’s certainly blessd with plenty of talent and will give jockey Rachael Blackmore plenty to get excited about come March.

Chacun Sets Up Mouth-watering Champion Chase Clash

The owner/trainer combination of Rich Richie and Willie Mullins had plenty to cheer about even before Faugheen’s victory on Sunday as they had the 1-2 in the Dublin Chase. Chacun Pour Soi really lived up to his billing and put in a near foot-perfect display to beat stablemate Min on Saturday. That will give connections huge optimism for a mouth-watering clash with Defi Du Seuil and Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

 

 

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