The “super exciting” L’Homme Presse put up the performance of the weekend when bolting up in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown on Saturday.
That’s the view of racing broadcaster Tom Lee, who waxed lyrical about Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old on episode two of The Road To Cheltenham on Monday.
Speaking to Betfred TV’s Matt Hulmes and radio DJ Joel Ross, he said: “This guy is just razor sharp. He’s electric, he’s stylish, he’s slick, he’s quick over his obstacles – but he’s bold, he’s aggressive, free-flowing, front-running. I just think the sky’s the limit for him.”
When asked for his performance of the weekend, he very quickly landed on L’Homme Presse, adding: “For me he was just barnstorming. I think there’s more to come, I think he’s still improving. He’s super exciting.”
Lee reckons “everything seems to be right” for L’Homme Presse to “run a big race” at 4/1 for the Turners Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
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The panel also talked about the extraordinary Honeysuckle, who extended her unbeaten record to an astonishing 14 wins from 14 races by winning her third Irish Champion Hurdle in typically effortless fashion.
Ross described her as “unbelievable”, joking that she earns “about ten grand a hurdle” – and when pressed for something to chase her home in the Champion Hurdle he said: “Daylight.” Meanwhile, Lee stated that “she’s now the public horse”, mentioning her in the same breath as Dawn Run.
Lee wasn’t as complimentary, however, about Willie Mullins’ Chacun Pour Soi, who landed a hat-trick of his own when pulling 12 lengths clear of Dunvegan to win his third consecutive Dublin Chase.
The tipster labelled the ten-year-old an “equine pensioner” who is “almost as old as Joel Ross now” – and, in agreement with the Rock FM DJ, suggested Nicky Henderson and Shishkin will be losing no sleep ahead of their Champion Chase bid in March.
The lads also spoke about some of the other top performers from the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown over the weekend – plus Ahoy Senor who was an easy winner at Wetherby on Saturday.
For this week’s charity bet, Hulmes put up Galvin at 4/1 for the Gold Cup – while Ross opted for Vauban, an impressive winner of the juvenile hurdle at the DRF, at 9/4 for the Triumph.
Any/all winnings will be going to Jack Berry House, who do excellent work in providing specialist rehabilitation treatment for physical and neurological injuries for jockeys.
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