What an incredible Cheltenham it was with some of the best performance seen in years, a host of promising horses & we showed a massive profit, it doesn’t get much better!
Our first bet and my BetFan column tip The Druid’s Nephew bolted up 11s adv, he was also my ante best bet for the Grand National and if Barry Geraghty is in the saddle I can’t see him being out of the first three with a bit of luck.
As mentioned in my Cheltenham preview I was sure Arctic Fire would beat both Hurricane Fly & Jezki which he did so easily but Faugheen was just too good however 20/1 each way was a great bet.
With several more big priced winners including Coneygree we showed over 60 points profit at the festival which was great.
Here is my notebook horses from the meeting, none of the lazy obvious winners but ones who shaped well in defeat and whose turn will come soon at decent odds:
INDIAN CASTLE showed he was coming back to his best for new stable, well handicapped.
HORIZONTAL SPEED just went a shade too fast & headed close home.
BARRAKILLA finished 13th but I felt was running over a trip half a mile further than he wants, also hadn’t run since last year so was bound to fade near end, like the way he travelled for long way.
THE SAINT JAMES was left with far too much to do; you just can’t give that amount of ground to make up against this quality of opposition.
MONETAIRE was the best horse in race but given too much to do, having to weave his way through.
LE MERCUREY another who was too far back, ran on nicely.
JOLLY’S CRACKED IT raced too prominently but was going so well, might be better suited having his sights lowered to handicaps.
NO MORE HEROES whatever he achieved over hurdles was a bonus I think this could be next year’s RSA winner!
Today I fancy a win bet on Spowarticus in the 4:20 Southwell 4/1 with Bet365.
Until next Tuesday.
The Shrewd Tipster