Thank-You For The All-Weather
All-Weather racing has its critics but this week it’s coming into its own. The Beast from the East has caused all the turf racing to be abandoned but today you can bet on fixtures on artificial surfaces. All-Weather racing is not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s creating betting office material in the absences of racing on grass. There is plenty of cartoon action in the shops but you can bet on real horses at these tracks.
Snow meant there was no racing of any kind in Britain yesterday so punters turned their attention to the Cheltenham Festival. The free bets and concessions are now appearing for the jumps meeting that matters most. The going looks like being good to soft on the first day and if that continues in the week NATIVE RIVER will be backed from the current price of 13/2 with Betfair to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The weights for the handicaps have now been announced so we can expect some plunges on horses that could be thrown in on the ratings. The Ultima Handicap Chase is the most open race on the first day and bookmakers go 10/1 the field. There could be an unexposed horse at the bottom of the weights but there are no mysteries about SINGLEFARMPAYMENT and the horse can be backed at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
There is no inspection planned at Southwell this morning so we can assume the racing is going ahead but more snow would put the fixture at risk. It’s a Bumpers for Jumpers fixture which means it’s Flat races for National Hunt bred horses. The best horse racing is Charbel who was giving Altior a race when falling two out in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham last year but you won’t get rich at the current price.
Bordeaux Bill has the best chase form of the four runners in the third race at 2.45pm. The horse has won a point-to-point and over hurdles and fences so today could complete the set. Nautical Nitwit is not far behind on ratings and has won four times over hurdles but marginal preference is for BORDEAUX BILL at 6/5 with William Hill as long as the Beast from the east does not intervene again.