Five Reasons Go Conquer Is A Horse Have on Your Side This Season
Go Conquer is an extremely likable and exuberant nine-year-old. Formally with the Jonjo O’Neill yard, Go Conquer has made the transition to the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable. Go Conquer was sent off the 11/4 favourite for the Sodexo Gold Cup last time out at Ascot, with Sam Twiston-Davies on board for the first time. Go Conquer managed a very respectable third place finish behind Traffic Fluide. One would have to believe Nigel Twiston-Davies left a little bit to be worked with a view to running in a race like the Ladbrokes Trophy or the Becher Handicap. This particular race acts as the pipe opener for the Ladbrokes Trophy. Let’s take an in-depth look at the credentials of Go Conquer in races such as the Ladbrokes Trophy. These are five reasons Go Conquer is a horse to have on your side in the short and long term.
- Similar prep races used by Kings Road (2000) and Double Ross (2016)
Interestingly, Nigel Twiston-Davies has a ritual with horses he aims at major handicaps. For example, if Twiston-Davies is taking aim at the Ladbrokes Trophy, he usually picks out a Handicap Chase one month before, the Sodexo Gold Cup acted as the preparation run for Go Conquer. This run will have come twenty-eight days prior to the Ladbrokes Trophy or thirty-five days before the Becher Chase, thus ensuring Go Conquer is in peak condition for one of these large and prestigious pots. Nigel Twiston-Davies has used this formula to success before. In the 2016 renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup, Nigel Twiston-Davies sent out 50/1 shot Double Ross to finish a gallant third following a thirty-four-day break from his run in a Veteran’s Handicap Chase at Aintree. Going back to the year 2000, Kings Road won the race for Nigel Twiston-Davies after having a pipe-opener at Wincanton twenty-one days prior. Finally, the Charlie Hall Chase was used the limber up Blaklion for his Becher win last year. This offers great optimism that we will see an improved performance out of Go Conquer going forward, especially in the Ladbrokes Trophy.
- Ground Will Suit
Go Conquer is a relatively ground versatile sort but it is no secret that Go Conquer relishes the ground when ‘Good’ is in the description. Go Conquer’s two career best efforts, when winning a Class 2 handicap chase at Fontwell, beating As De Mee by two lengths, then following that effort up by winning the 2017 Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot, easily beating Rock Gone. If any rain is in the nearby facility, which is quite likely given the weather forecast, Go Conquer should able to cope, so long as the ground does not become absolutely saturated. There is also a better hope of encountering better ground at Aintree a week later.
- Exuberant Jumper
There are very few horses more exuberant and enthusiastic of their obstacles like Go Conquer. Paul and Claire Rooney’s nine-year-old is at his best when he is on the front end is able to get into an excellent rhythm. Last time out, in the Sodexo Gold Cup, Go Conquer was breath-taking, skipping from fence to fence. Go Conquer did a terrific job in getting the majority of the field off the bridal before a lack of match fitness got the better of him in the home straight. These same front-running tactics were deployed when Go Conquer won at Fontwell and when he won the 2017 Sodexo Gold Cup. There will more than likely be a vicious battle on for the lead in whatever race Go Conquer runs in, but if Go Conquer can get to the front and find his rhythm, anything is possible.
Since Go Conquer last got his head in front, his form figures have read U583. However, Go Conquer struggled to get to the lead in any of these starts and his dip in form may be the reason he was transferred to the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard. Because Kemboy, Elegant Escape, Thomas Patrick and Ms Parfois are all generally under 7/1, many of the outsiders have inflated prices for the upcoming Ladbrokes Trophy. Many general punters may well look elsewhere as Go Conquer was a beaten favourite last time out. As a result of these set of circumstances, Go Conquer can be backed at odds of 50/1 for the Ladbrokes Trophy or 25/1 for the Becher. They are ludicrous prices for a horse that is very capable of grinding rivals into submission with his terrific jumping. If more rain than expected was to arrive and Go Conquer was to fluff his lines in the Ladbrokes Trophy or even in the Becher, that does not mean he will fluff his lines in a race on sounder ground in the future. Potentially, Go Conquer could go well in a two-and-a-half mile or three-mile chase at Kempton, Cheltenham or Ascot around Christmas time. Or potentially, a shot at the Ultima Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival.
- May Emerge as a Grand National Contender
This may be the long-term goal for Go Conquer. Although Paul and Clare Rooney have other horses that will take the Grand National route (The Last Samuri being the best example), Go Conquer will not be taxed with a massive weight in the Grand National. One could only imagine how well Go Conquer’s jumping would translate to those Aintree fences, we may even find this out if he runs in the Becher. Go Conquer’s jumping would certainly give him an excellent chance of staying the Grand National trip. Bet365, Betfair and Paddy Power are all offering a massive 66/1 about Go Conquer’s chances in the Grand National. If Go Conquer was to even run well all season without winning, that 66/1 will simply be not available on the day.
Aintree – Grand National – Go Conquer – 0.5pts ew @ 66/1 (Bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power)