What A Shout returns ahead of another exciting weekend of racing, this time set to be headlined by the glamorous Dubai World Cup card at Meydan on Saturday.
On this week, host Dave Orton was joined by Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders and bet365's very own Pat Cooney to look ahead to weekend action from Kelso and Newbury alongside Meydan.
Trainer Jamie Snowden joined to give the latest news on his stable stars and an update on his potential runners this weekend, while the team also had some final reflections on the Cheltenham Festival a week on from the Cotswolds showpiece.
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Just before Cheltenham 2023 was packed away, the What A Shout team gave their thoughts on the final day of the meeting, Gold Cup Day.
was the star of the show, overcoming what Dave Orton termed 'a horrible position' under a 'peach of a ride' from Paul Townend to win by seven-lengths from Bravemansgame after the duo provided quite the spectacle jumping the final two fences in the home straight in perfect unison.
"He was being hampered, he was on the inside – he nearly got hampered when Ahoy Senor went down," said Orton. "And then when Paul's body language [changed], he came up, back in the saddle going to two out – if you were on the favourite, you got what you wanted!"
Pat Cooney was also impressed, noting that Galopin Des Champs posted a fast time on a day when the other winners on the card were below standard.
"I just thought it was a faultless performance," says Pat. "I would rate him even better than that bare form because nothing really went right for the horse in the first half of the race."
Galopin Des Champs is rated 184, the highest since Kauto Star. He is trading at 6/4 to retain the Gold Cup in 2024 and Robbie Wilders had a stark reminder for those seeking to beat him.
"Galopin was the youngest horse in the field as well, and there's no reason why any of the rest of them are going to close the gap," said the Racing Post tipster.
Jamie Snowden was amongst the Festival winners last week as You Wear It Well won the Mares' Novices' Hurdle for his stable and the trainer made a welcome return to What A Shout on the back of that Cheltenham win.
"She was amazing, wasn't she," said the handler. "A wonderful day and it's what dreams are made of. We all long for those big days."
Last year Love Envoi won the Mares' Novices' race at Cheltenham before a silver medal at Fairyhouse over Easter and Dave Orton pondered if that will be the next stop for You Wear It Well.
"We've got the option of going for that Grade 1 that Love Envoi did [last year]," said Snowden. "That's only three weeks after Cheltenham – Easter was a little bit later last year. "We'll have to see if we go there, or if we think about Aintree perhaps."
Looking ahead to this weekend, Snowden has just a single runner engaged, with Ebonello headed for the Grade 2 Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Newbury (2.40) on Saturday, where Gavin Sheehan's partner is rated a 20/1 chance to oblige.
"This has been the plan all along," said the trainer. "She ran in the same bumper last season that You Wear It Well was second in – we were second and third in that race. "This has been the plan and she's in good order."
The panel had a look at several races on Saturday afternoon card but it was in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase (2.05) that they found some common ground in the form of last-time-out Haydock scorer Super Six at 11/2 for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies.
Pat Cooney made a strong case for the six-year-old after his win five weeks ago and both Dave Orton and Robbie Wilders were in agreement.
"He was really good at Haydock and should be coming here on a hat-trick," says Robbie. "At Hereford, he was the moral winner – he threw that away.
"I think he's still a well-handicapped horse off 129. That was only his fourth run over fences last time and he's the one that could be just miles better than we've seen."
The Go North racing weekend heads for on Saturday and the What A Shout team had a look at the Handicap Chase (3.35) over three-and-a-quarter miles at the Borders venue.
Pat Cooney feels 3/1 Forward Plan for Anthony Honeyball deserves to head the betting despite a rise in class, while the panel pointed to a fine course record for eight-time Kelso winner Big River (12/1) for Lucinda Russell.
Robbie Wilders, however, is siding with Sandy Thomson's 6/1 chance Doyen Breed following a good second at the track last month over shorter. "It's got to be Doyen Breed," says the Antepost Man.
"He's been a bit disappointing this season, but he hasn't had soft ground yet. "It was a step in the right direction last time and Minella Drama had quite an easy lead. He gave him a race to be fair.
"He's very well handicapped now and Ryan Mania's on board, suggesting he's the preferred one of Sandy Thomson's two."
The panel then took a look at the card, including the Dubai World Cup (4.35), which is set to air on ITV Racing for the first time on Saturday afternoon.
Frankie Dettori is on board 3/1 Country Grammer for trainer Bob Baffert in his farewell to this race, while British hopes are led by 3/1 Algiers for the Simon & Ed Crisford team with James Doyle on board.
The pair dominate the betting market. Oisin Murphy rides Japanese hope T O Keynes at 12/1 and he's done well in the draw (stall six) while the market principles are drawn out wider than ideal.
Earlier, the Dubai Sheema Classic (4.00) features leading British contenders in Mostahdaf for John & Thady Gosden at 11/2, Charlie Appleby's Rebel Romance at 5/1 and last year's Irish Derby winner Westover at 6/1 for Ralph Beckett.
However, they are staring down the barrel in facing highly-rated Japanese performer Equinox at 1/1 in this mile-and-a-half Group 1 turf event.