The Paul Nicholls trained Pacha Du Polder is still widely available at 20/1 for the upcoming Cheltenham festival foxhunters.
Has this heroic Stewart family owned horse been underestimated by the bookmaking traders in his endeavours for success in the race for the 3nd consecutive year? I strongly think so!
Of course, taking into consideration he is now 12-year-old is the only minor draw-back however his course and distance experience surely counts for so much more, if the masterminded trainer Paul Nicholls has him in the line-up for this race, unquestionably there won’t be any questions asked.
Pacha Du Polder won this race last year, with the fearless Jockey Harriet Tucker in the saddle, she defied a dislocated shoulder to guide Pacha Du Polder to triumph in this competitive contest run over 3m2½f. The manner which Tucker rode the noticeably tricky horse to success was striking, she placed the horse in mid-division seemingly biding her time, then asked her mount for an effort and he produced, with minimal fuss. The preceding year Pacha De Polder was also successful, under an ice-cool ride by jockey Bryony Frost.
The previous year the horse the horse finished fifth place at the festival, ridden by cyclist Victoria Pendleton. The want-to-be rider appeared to have deficiency of any real race-riding experience, the horse beheld ready to rumble, just Pendleton naively left him in an uncompromising position, all dressed up and nowhere to go. I think he would have won that year also if had an appropriate jockey in the saddle.
The now 12 year-old hasn’t been declared for any race since the festival in March however his previous seasons preparations have been strategized around this Foxhunters race so that wouldn’t be considered a negative, he seems to runs his optimum races when fresh. Leading Trainer Paul Nicholls is appears to know exactly what this horse wants and how to get him in tip-top-shape for this pinnacle race of the point-to-point calendar. In all honesty I wouldn’t rule out another bold bid to reclaim his crown.
To-date this money-spinning horse has acquired over £178,811 in prizemoney for his connections, the element he is still in training leads me to trust Nicholls assumes he is still the force of old.
A bold bid is almost expected if this course and distance specialist Pacha Du Polder lines up on Gold Cup day at the Festival. The 20/1 betting odds presently on offer is near an insult to this “proven contender”.