Webber hopeful for Cantlow
Paul Webber trainer of the Boylesports Irish Grand National favourite Cantlow joined us on RacingFM this morning to discuss his charge ahead of a second crack at the big race at Fairyhouse this Easter Monday.
“He ran well there last year under top weight, travelled well to the second last and probably the weight told then” said Webber.
“He’s a stone better off but he probably deserves to be as he hasn’t had the most successful of winters.”
Reflecting on his last outing at Kempton under AP McCoy, who will ride him again on Monday, the trainer commented “He looked like running a good race, the ground was a bit drier and we were hopeful. but AP reported he chocked terrible on the bend turning in to the straight and he couldn’t get his air, whether he swallowed his tongue or not we don’t know.”
“We tried in him a tongue tie at home and everything has been fine since. Let’s hope it was a one off thing and all we can do is take the precautions of a tongue tie and hope things don’t happen again.”
Webber is delighted to have AP McCoy aboard “He’s ridden him a couple of times, last Thursday and about ten days before and he’s very pleased with him. It’s a tremendous honour having the man on board and we will all miss him terribly.”
The experience last year should stand to Cantlow this time around off a stone lower mark and currently the 10 year old is a general 9/1 favourite including with the sponsors Boylesports.
“He handles the track, he’s run very well right handed, the more it dries the better, if it’s very testing and heavy I don’t think that will help”.
Current industry best prices for the race – Cantlow (9), Perfect Gentleman (12), Grand Jesture (14), Champagne James (16), Empire Of Dirt (16), If In Doubt (16)out, Los Amigos (16), Lots Of Memories (16), Pass The Hat (16), Vics Canvas (16), My Murphy (20), Tammys Hill (20), The Job Is Right (20), 25/1 Bar
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