Champion Bumper Getabird

Horse racing - Champion Bumper - 15 Mar 17:30

This is the Champion Bumper. A 16 furlong, Grade 1.
Getabird is a 4 year old gelding, trained by Willie Mullins.
Getabird is due to make his debut under rules today in the Bumper at Fairyhouse, currently the favourite at odds of around 2.10, he's clearly expected to go close. Any kind of a decent performance today will see these odds shorten, a win could see these odds collapse, 20/1 right now is a big price.
Rich Ricci has farmed the Cheltenham festival in recent years but one race he hasn't really targeted is the Champion Bumper. This season however he's stated that Getabird is a bumper horse and there's reasons to believe he can win the Champion Bumper.
Rich Ricci did actually win this race once in 2012 with Champagne Fever and there's similarities between that horse and Getabird.
Champagne Fever won a point-to-point in April 2011, contested bumpers in December 2011 & January 2012, then won the Champion Bumper in March 2012 as a 5 year old.
Getabird won a point-to-point in April 2016, is starting in a December bumper, then will be a 5 year old come March.
It definitely looks like Getabird will be taking a similar path to Champagne Fever which suggests to me the Champion Bumper will be the target.
Obviously this horse will need to prove he's championship standard but everything is looking good so far.
For a start he's got a likeable pedigree. He's by new sire Getaway, a sire that Willie Mullins apparently likes. Going back through the pedigree there's some smart horses, including a number of Cheltenham Festival winners, the most obvious being 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run.
He's had two starts so far, both for former handler Colin Bowe in point-to-points.
The first saw him get sent off at 5/1 over 24 furlongs, unfortunately another horse pushed him off the track after just 2 furlongs. Impossible to know he he would have fared, although it's still worth noting that the eventual winner, Judgement Day, has since sold for £145,000 while the 3rd has won since.
His second start saw him get sent off at 4/1 over furlongs. This time he oozed class, easily winning by 4 lengths despite a huge error late on.
The form of that race has taken some boosts since too with a couple of horses well behind that day since going close in good races over here.
It hardly screams Champion bumper form to be honest but it doesn't need really to. It's still decent enough form by an inexperienced horse, he will definitely get better while the ability shown is the most important thing.
He seems like a big, galloping horse who showed some speed and fight to recover from a huge blunder late on. I suspect he will be the perfect type for bumpers, either going from the front or racing prominently and sustaining a strong gallop all the way to the line.
Again in you go back to Champagne Fever and he looked an identical sort, a strong galloping former pointer. It worked out nicely for him as he won the Champion Bumper.
Obviously it's still early days and we might see a serious contender come out of the pack, although so far nothing stands out. No matter what the opposition do though I definitely see this horse going for the Champion bumper and being a key player.
As mentioned at the top a decent performance today will see these odds collapse, 20/1 at present should turn out to be a nice price.
Marathonbet are offering odds of 21.00.
TopJockey +2059.35
Stake: 10 5.50William Hill
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