This week features 2 or 3 that plenty of you wont be agreeing with but I am confident that next season and over fences and he will bounce back.
This felt very much like an end of season handicap change from the handicapper rather than dropping him because he had disappointed. His form over fences this year has been very good, 412355 with his only poor running coming in a handicap hurdle. He finished 5th in his final run of the season in the Bet365 Gold Cup where the right horses were all in the finish. Crosspark who has a habit of finishing 2nd in these big feature handicap chases was only able to manage 6th and I really think this shows the form of this race was very strong. I expect Kitty’s Light and Enrilo to be Welsh National, Becher Chase, Grand National horses of the future and I think this was a career best from Cap Du Nord and yet the handicapper dropped him 1lb. Jack switching to Kitty’s Light meant Cap Du Nord didn’t have his usual jockey and Nick obviously couldn’t claim either. Putting Jack on next time and he would be running off a 4lb lower mark. Having run well over 3m5f at Sandown he has shown he stays further now and it would be no surprise to see him running over at least 3m next season. The Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (won on his last start at Newbury) looks ideal.