Betfan’s Bet Enthusiast service now stands at fourth in the top 10 for March but we have a potential boost to our profits with a 5 point bet on Willie Mullins to be top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. Over the first two days the Irish trainer has had five winners. He can only fail to win the title if Nicky Henderson has three more winners and he doe not increase his current tally.
Writing ahead of the third day of the Festival the highlight of the meeting to date has been the awesome display by Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase. The official handicapper has given the horse a rating of 188, a mark only surpassed by Kauto Star since the current classification was introduced.
On times and ratings Sprinter Sacre has about six lengths in hand over Simonsig. The two horses will probably only meet next season in the 2014 Champion Chases and already some bookmakers make Sprinter Sacre an odds-on favourite for that race. Hurricane Fly can be backed at 5/2 to win next year’s Champion Hurdle and join Istabraq as a recent three times winner of the race.
On the subject of winners Sam Winner is Paul Nicholls banker of the meeting in the Pertemps Final. By the time this article has been published the race will have been run but followers of the Bet Enthusiast service will know the horse was recommended ante post and been pressed up on the day of the race.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the Blue Riband of National Hunt racing. Bobs Worth is a worthy favourite and the horse’s form from the Hennessey Gold Cup is rock solid. He has a 4/4 record at Cheltenham and is a former winner at the Festival. Bobs Worth is trained by Nicky Henderson so backing him is a hedge against our top trainer bet, especially as Mullins trains the second favourite in Sir Des Champs.
Salsify won the Foxhunters Chase last year and has shown enough form this season to suggest a repeat win is on the cards. Salsify won the leading Irish trial for this race and can again beat Chapoturgeon to complete the double. The horse has a very capable amateur jockey and won’t lose the race through pilot error.
Our Conor is the best four year old trained in Ireland but the main issue with regards the Triumph Hurdle is comparing the form from trials races in Great Britain and Ireland. Our Conor has the best speed figures and probably beat better horse than the leading British contenders. Our Conor can give the Irish a great start to Gold Cup day.
Imperial Commander was withdrawn from the Gold Cup due to a minor injury. The horse is now being trained for the Grand National and he has been advised as an ante post bet through the Bet Enthusiast service. Imperial Commander has a decent handicap mark on best form and could join an elite group of horses to complete the Gold Cup and National double.
Back next Friday.