Well it finally begins after all the hype and all the build up it\’s the jump season main event. I’m not going to prattle on as I’m heading down today and for once I would like to be on time for the first day!
We have winners every festival so I am hoping for a bumper year!
Cheltenham 1-30 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 1) 16f – It wouldn’t be Cheltenham without a short price Mullins, Ricci Hot Pot in the first. Bit short for me to advise though and looking through the card I think the over priced one here could well be DEBOUCHET at 33/1 he looks like an each way punt. Not sure the ground quite suited last time he looks better on a sound surface. Course form counts here and you can trust he will be at full fitness today.
Cheltenham 2-50 Handicap Chase (Class 1) 25f – I’m hoping for a big run from MINELLA DADDY here a horse with plenty of promise and just coming into full fitness. This race has always been the plan and 18/1 looks a very playable price even if you want to spread the risk and back each way. On the ratings there I see not a lot separating the field so it should be close at the business end.
Cheltenham 4-50 Novices/Maiden Chase (Class 1) 32f – PYLONTHEPRESSURE 16/1 looks a decent price and probably has one of the better jockeys on board that would be the each way selection. ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY Is a temperamental sort but looks huge at 150/1 just token selections though I’m not sure I can be confident in this type of race.
Cheltenham 5-30 Handicap Chase (Class 1) 20f – KAYF ADVENTURE At 40/1 with Johnson on board definitely is some each way value. I think he would prefer a lot more juice in the ground but is primed to run a big race and connections are hopeful of a place at least.