It seems all roads lead to Cheltenham and all anyone in the racing industry can talk about is the Festival. Well I have to say as much as I like the jumping Olympics I’m just as happy backing a winner in a seller at Plumpton.
In fact this week I have been in very close contact with my spies up at Newmarket and we believe we have unearthed a horse capable of winning the 2000, gns in May. I will release this big priced tip the Wednesday after the big Cheltenham meeting but I can tell you the horse is trained by a young up and coming trainer who is destined for the top.
You will remember I did give you a tip for the Festival Bumper in the shape of Sgt Reckless. His trainer Mick Chanon says it’s all systems go and he just needs to keep the gelding fit and well and hope there is not too much rain.
I hope you all took the 20/1 that was available as he is now 12/1 with most firms and 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Racing today offers us a good variety with jumping and flat racing on the polytrack. My main interest will be at one of my local tracks Fontwell where you should always keep an eye out for Gary Moores runners as he does so well at this venue.
The last few hotties have been missing the target so lets see if we can find the bullseye today. The selection is Utopian who regular readers would recall I told you to look out for when he romped home at Warwick. This time he goes in the 3.10 a 2 mile 4 furlong handicap hurdle. Trainer Nick Gifford who purchased this French bred for connections feels this is an improving gelding and rather than be too ambitious going for a race at the Festival sticking to the lesser tracks can pay dividends.
I have not seen any early prices as yet but I would guess anything around 3/1 or bigger would be fair.
Bentley trainer B.Baugh – Came from to far back at Southwell yesterday but still managed 2nd place. If ridden closer to the pace or stepped up to a mile will see him go one better next time.
Marcus Antonius trainer J.Boyle – Ran a good 2nd at Lingfield over a distance on the short side for this gelding. He really needs 1 mile 6 furlongs or 2 miles.
Lytham trainer T.Carroll – A 12 year old but still capable in low grade events.
Teo Vivo trainer J.Ewart – Finished 3rd at 33/1 when tipped up by fold4gold yesterday. This well regarded type can improve and justify his trainers opinion of him.
Captain Arcleus trainer D.Hughes – 2nd in the big handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last Sunday behind a handicap good thing he was giving lumps of weight too. Look out for him either side of the Irish Sea.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.