Racing Weekly: Christian Williams on Cap Du Nord and bet365’s Cheltenham build-up

Racing Weekly: Christian Williams on Cap Du Nord and bet365’s Cheltenham build-up

This week’s Racing Weekly sees Christian Williams reflect on the Kempton win for Cap Du Nord before broadcaster Steve Mellish and bet365’s Pat Cooney talk Cheltenham.

If you had backed every horse trained by Christian Williams over fences this season, you'd be showing level stakes profit of just under £47.

A clear sign of the recent success for Williams, typified by the Kempton showing from Cap Du Nord, whose win in the Coral Trophy made it 28 winners so far this season for the trainer.

Williams told Racing Weekly: “He (Cap Du Nord) has struggled a bit over the last few years but we got him nice and healthy, there was nice ground and I think Jack (Tudor) was confident - you could see on the jockey cam he could go wherever he wanted on him."

On the race runner-up Kitty’s Light, he added: “He was probably just a bit unlucky to bump into Cap Du Nord well handicapped. If he hadn't have snuck into the race, Kitty's Light might have won quite handily. He's only a young horse, I want him to be running in Grand Nationals when he's an eight, nine, 10 or 11-year-old."

Later in the show, Racing Weekly hosts Rishi Persad and Sam Turner were joined by racing broadcaster Steve Mellish, who shared some interesting insight on his approach to betting. "The way you bet has got to represent who you are or you won't keep it going.

“If you've got to be involved, be involved, but work out a way you can afford it. Or like me, you might want to be fairly happy in your mind when you're placing a bet, which suits my personality. In my head I have a losing run of 10-12 horses and I have to be comfortable they could all lose and it wouldn't affect me, but equally I want it to mean enough.”


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Finally, bet365’s Pat Cooney dropped by to discuss the bookmaker’s excitement over the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival 2022, which kicks off in just two weeks’ time.

A common theme at bet365, he explained, has been punters getting onside with a certain stable, leading to potentially “life-changing multiples” on horses trained by the likes of Henry de Bromhead or Paul Nicholls.

He also admitted that he’s on his third or fourth selection for the hugely anticipated Festival opener. “At the start of the year I thought Jonbon for the Supreme, yeah I get it you're good. Then Sir Gerhard came along and you thought disappointing first run over hurdles but impressive the next time. Not visually eye catching but clocked a good time. 

“Then Constitution came out and won, and won again, and people are looking at that Sandown run thinking it might be too good to be true. So, you're thinking it's between those three, then Dysart Dynamo flies home in his race. It is between the four. From a bookmaker perspective we won't have such a big liability on the race because there's such a diverse opinion.”

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