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'Samcro a Ballymore banker? I prefer On The Blind Side'

On The Blind Side can lower the colours of festival banker Samcro
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Last week Tom Segal answered your Cheltenham Festival questions in a live Q and A. Due to the volume of questions he was unable to answer them all on the night, but he couldn't resist going back to answer a few more . . .

Do you think northern trainers have a chance of a winner at the festival?
For sure. Malcolm Jefferson especially. Waiting Patiently, Cloudy Dream and especially Mount Mews, who jumped like an old hand on his chase debut.

What do you think of the low number of British runners at the Dublin Festival?
For years I've been amazed how few British trained horses run in Ireland so I'm not at all surprised. I think there might be a few in the handicaps, though, and I would expect there to be more in the future as trainers get their head round it.

What chance of a Bryony Frost winner at the festival?
I think Black Corton will struggle but she will be in huge demand in the handicaps given her claim and I would expect to her to have plenty of fancied rides over the four days.

If Our Duke bounces back in the Irish Gold Cup how do you think he'll fare at Cheltenham?
He was my fancy at the start of the season and he has all the attributes needed to win a Gold Cup. However it's a pretty big 'if' until we see him again and I'm not convinced Cheltenham on decent ground will be his cup of tea.

What makes you think Footpad has a better chance than Petit Mouchoir in the Arkle?
He stays better and jumps better.

Disko in the Gold Cup?
You're clearly a big fan and so am I but his interrupted preparation worries me, as does his unproven stamina.

Cause Of Causes a banker?
Yep. He, Apple's Jade and Buveur D'Air would look the most likely winners at this stage.

Melon travelled and jumped like a dream in the International. Big chance on faster ground?
When I did a preview on the Champion the other day, I half dismissed Melon but that was only on price grounds. I agree that he has a good chance of finishing in the frame in March, although he won't beat Buveur D'Air.

Are you prepared to give me an answer to my simple question? 'What do you think of Politologue in the Champion Chase?'
Of course Glen. I don't fancy him one bit at current prices.

Good win for the Royals the other night. My mate Joe reckons Theinval has been laid out by Nicky Henderson for his Dad's race?
Beating Stevenage hardly ranks a good win in my book and Stam is taking us down. However I reckon your mate Joe might be on to something.

If The Cap Fits for the Supreme?
On form he has to improve a fair bit but his stable was in the doldrums when he won at Kempton over Christmas and he's likely to be a lot better than he showed that day. His trainer is bullish. Warming to him.

Other than yourself, which tipsters would you follow?
I tend to listen to original thinkers rather than tipsters Batesey, so people like James Willoughby and James Pyman would be on my radar – and Keals [Paul Kealy] of course.

Is Samcro a banker?
Connor Cullinane and possom81
Everyone tells me he is but he hasn't beaten anything over hurdles yet, has no form at Cheltenham and is a very short price. Prefer On The Blind Side personally. 

Thoughts on Coney Island?
Massive fan of the horse. Think he's all class but he's still only a seven-year-old and I wonder whether connections might think the Gold Cup is a year too soon for him. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if he ran in the Ryanair.

What do you make of the Tolworth? How highly do you are the winner?
Rob Moore
Err, pass. Sandown is a law unto itself on heavy ground so I'm not sure. Don't think Summerville Boy will be good enough to win the Supreme (should be running in the Ballymore) but he could easily stay on into third or fourth. Runner-up Kalashnikov might have a better prospects.

Pick your two choices for the Gold Cup. I like Sizing John and Native River.
You clearly love last year's form Adam. I'm not so sure. I like Road To Respect and Anibale Fly.

Who is the best juvenile hurdler?
Paul and Pete
Apple's Shakira has been all the rage but I love the attitude of Espoir D'Allen for Gavin Cromwell and JP McManus. The juvenile hurdle at Leopardstown will be interesting because Farclas and Stormy Ireland could be very good too.

Tom Segal will be back for another live Q and A on Sunday, March 11.

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I think Black Corton will struggle but Bryony will be in huge demand in the handicaps given her claim
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