Nick Scholfield

06th November 2015

A vintage Haldon Gold Cup

The Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup was a great race with a former Queen Mother Champion Chase winner and Haldon Gold Cup winner it the line up. Vibrato Valtat won with good authority, I thought. There’s a long way until the championship races but he looked very good.

It was good to get a winner on Brave Deed for Jeremy Scott. I’ve also won on Moorlands Jack for Jeremy at Kempton and had a double at Huntingdon with Sametegal winning for Paul Nicholls and Giveitachance for Claire Dyson.

Sametegal is a 150-rated hurdler and he’s had 600 days off the track. He came back to beat some very good horses on his first start over fences. It was a very good performance and I think he’s a horse to follow.

Brave Deed will probably run on Tuesday under a penalty and it would be nice if he could follow up.

Today I am at Fontwell for two rides on the Paul Henderson-trained Treacy Hotels Boy and Hassidin for Michael Blake. I think they both have a chance. Hassidin, who is owned by Wayne Clifford of Bathwick Tyres, will like the soft conditions and has been running well.

On Saturday the jump racing action comes from Aintree and Wincanton which has its big meeting with the Stan.James Elite Hurdle and the Badger Ales Chase.

I have options at both meetings but I won’t know where I am going until later. It is likely to be Wincanton.

There’s a good card at Sandown on Sunday and there’s also action at Ffos Las on Sunday, but again, I am not sure where I am going yet.

There were some good performances at Carlisle last weekend and Sapphire Du Rheu could go to the Hennessy following his intermediate chase win. Coneygree is running on Sunday at Sandown and Paul Nicholls has a good horse to take him on in Southfield Theatre. He’s run three times at Exeter, winning twice, most recently in February.

I enjoyed watching the Breeders Cup and I thought Ryan Moore was very good on Found in the Breeders’ Cup Turf where he beat the favourite Golden Horn by half a length. He then flew to France and Australia, all in four days, and picked up a grade one win on the way.

I don’t think many people bet on the 100-1 chance Prince of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup. It was a great result for female riders and earned the sport a massive amount of media coverage. I think Willie Mullins’ was very unlucky with Max Dynamite who didn’t get the luck in running. That was a great training performance.