Newbury preview (14.10): Un Temps Pour Tout to turn on the style
David Metcalf | November 26, 2015
Un Temps Pour Tout failed to live up to expectations when runner-up on debut over fences, but can build on the experience to go on better and land a cracking 2m 7f novices’ chase on today’s card at Newbury (14.10).
The gelding joined trainer David Pipe for a whopping £450k after showing smart form in France, and came good at the second time of asking for the Pond House handler when slamming Cole Harden by 16 lengths in a novice hurdle at Ascot back in February 2014.
Un Temps Put Tout went on to finish an excellent sixth of 16 to that rival in this year’s running of the World Hurdle here at the Festival, and backed that up with a solid third in a Grade 1 contest at Aintree.
The six-year-old was then given a break before posting a career-best performance to land the Grade 1 French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil back in June.
Un Temps Pour Tout made all to slam Thousand Stars by 10 lengths, and it was a performance which earned an official rating of 163 and made him the highest rated novice hurdler in Britain.
The son of Robin Des Champs was sent off odds-on on the back of that success to make a winning return to action on his eagerly awaited chasing debut at Cheltenham earlier in the month.
Things went to plan for much of the contest, with Un Temps Pour Tout jumping well and seemingly travelling strongly rounding the home turn.
However, he then didn’t find as much as expected when push come to shove and went down by 2 3/4 lengths to Vincente after being headed at the last.
It may well have been that he needed the race, and at the time the stable was under a bit of a cloud.
With the yard now in better shape, Un Temps Pour Tout can make amends and make his class tell to get back on the winning trail.
Duo set to give Un Temps Pour Tout tough test
Beast Of Burden and Value At Risk are both exciting prospects and look obvious dangers in a fascinating contest.
The former is trained by Rebecca Curtis and was set to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles at Chepstow when coming to grief two from home.
Beast Of Burden had jumped superbly up to that point, and the strapping six-year-old looks to have a big future over fences if that fall hasn’t left it’s mark.
Value At Risk was a very smart bumper horse when trained in Ireland by Philip Fenton, and created a huge impression when scoring on debut over hurdles at this venue by 22 lengths on his first start for Dan Skelton.
The six-year-old went on to finish runner-up in a Grade 2 contest at Cheltenham before rounding of the campaign with an excellent fifth of 19 to Martello Tower in a Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
That is top class form, and Value At Risk has the size and scope to make up into a very useful chaser.
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Coral’s top tip: With the Pipe yard now beginning to hit form, Un Temps Pour Tout can make his class tell to get get back to winning ways in a red-hot novices’ chase.