A real no mercy handicap to start us off.Le Bacardy ran very well at Aintree for a long way behind Sound Investment. This trip maybe more like it for him and he is respected. Sew on target generally runs well here but I think he is best going from the front and there are a few closers here who will hunt him down I reckon. La vaticane is totally unexposed for David Pipe who loves a winner here, he was unbeaten over fences in France 2 from 2 . La vaticane ran a great race in Kempton in March over hurdles where he finished seconfd to a good yard stick. I just think at 7/2 he is a little short on his first run over fences in the UK so I will pass.
I like 2 horses here Pearls Legend who can race up with the pace, he has won twice at Sandown so we know he will come up the hill. Pearls legend also placed at the Aintree Grand National meeting. He had a good run at ascot at the end of October. The other horse I like is Minella Present he is only a novice but has keeping very good company. minella present gets in here slightly under the radar and I think he will run very well.
Pearls Legend 1pt each way 8/1
Minella Present 1pt each way 7/1
Now we are talking a real good novice chase fit for this venue. More of that is the fav he is a former world hurdle winner but has had problems and is on the comeback trail here.more of that likes Cheltenham 2 wins from 2 at the course. More of that has always been considered a Gold cup horse .I can't have him here at 7/4 to be honest, I do not think this race will define More of Thats season and don't think they will want to give him a hard race . Might bite is held in high regard by Nicky Henderson but Nicky is having real problems getting winners over fences so that puts me off.Dell Arca was a decent hurdler but has a penalty for winning a chase which means he must give them all weight.Dell Arca did not look a natural to me over fences either so no thanks.
There is a horse I really like here though As De Mee he had a good run at Chepstow on October 10th when he was second. Paul Nicholls horses have been improving hugely for their first run and he is getting a lot of chase winners.A little stat that gives me further hope is 2 other horses who Nicholls ran at Chepstow on October 10th have won I think As De Mee can make it 3!!
As De Mee 2pts each way 7/2 (my nap of the day)
A cracking novice hurdle this is always a strong race ,in the last 6 years the winners have included Diamond Harry,Fingal Bay and Coneygree not so bad!! Not many runners but a lot of quality Penglai Pavilion was very good at the last meeting here while he has to concede weight to his rivals here I think he can. Champers on Ice will make the selection as will Shantou Village
Penglai Pavilion 3pt win
Ah the cross country you have to love it.a few old favs here Uncle Junior knows his way round here but at 14 years of age I will let him run. Rivage D'or won the festival event here his owners (gigginstown) Promptly tried to sell him but he failed the vet test. Dogora is unexposed and Katie Walsh will give him excellent assistance.
There are two I like here Josies orders who won a cross country at Punchestown had a lovely spin over hurdles at Galway in October will be cherry ripe here. The other is Any currency who loves it around here and ran very well at Aintree on his comeback in October.
Josies Orders 1pt each way 4/1
Any Currency 1pt each way 8/1
A real cavalary charge this one wide open.Dollar and dream is Fav he won at Galway has Ruby on board no surprises there at 7/2 they can keep him.I find it hard to read Tony Martin hurdlers so no thanks. Galizzi has a chance but lacks experience. A hare breath has been punted but has been off the track more then Daniel sturridge. Baraka De Thaix looked good earlier in his career but has top weight, Ink Master should go well with Richard Johnson riding out of his skin right now.
I like Mon Successeur here he ran a cracker at Wetherby over fences in October I think its significant Nicholls brings him back over hurdles here ,Harry Cobden takes 7 pounds off him he is a great assett take the 11/1!!
Mon Successeur 1pt each way 11/1
We wrap up at HQ with a demon of a handicap chase no fav has won this in 9 years.Alternatif is fav, he has a right chance on the book but seems to find one to good a lot. There is good word for Our Sox who did not try an inch at Punchestown the last day and still got third (well done Tony Martin).If Return Spring and Super duty came back to form they could butcher these but its a big if.
The two I like are Definite Ruby he ran a blinder at Cheltenham last month Gordon Elliotts horses are flying still he has a very good chance here. The other horse is Knock house who is very decent I can see him being bang there.
Definite Ruby 1pt each way 8/1
Knock House 1pt each way 11/2
Best multiple bet of the day:
- Pearls Legend 105 Cheltenham 8/1
- Mon Successeur 325 Cheltenham 11/1
- Any Currency 250 Cheltenham 8/1
- 3 x (0.5pt each way doubles)
- 1 x (0.25pt each way treble)