I would like to start by apologising for the misprint last week with the Sunday selection, I put up Beneficial Reform instead of Beneficial Spirit. An oversight on my part which undoubtedly caused some confusion, I’m sure many a Racing Advisor would agree that this does happen from time to time and is unfortunately down to studying so many lines of form every day.
With Cheltenham pretty much upon us now the time for some serious form study comes into play, whether you take a trends approach or simply get your nose stuck into the form book it’s an exciting time, especially when you uncover a gem or two. Betfan advisors are some of the best in business and I’m sure all will be hard at work to deliver their subscribers with the very best info over the four days.
Paddy Power released his Cheltenham money back offer, which should not be dismissed by any means. He lost out by around £5 million last year when Sprinter Sacre romped home, and this year he has put it all on the line by betting against Hurricane Fly. Willie Mullins inmate has not put a foot wrong this year by absolutely smashing his opponents over in Ireland so probably warrants favouritism for the Champion Hurdle. I was a big believer that he did not get a decent enough position early on last year, and by the time he was truly delivered it was too late. That being said he still won’t get things easy this term, but if you do fancy a bet on another of his rivals then my advice would be to place it with Paddy and if the Fly does go onto win then you have had a free punt.
A previous eye catcher went on to win yesterday in the form of Quentin Collonges, and I have one who caught the eye this week from Friday’s racing.
Twirling Magnet – (Trainer – Jonjo O’Neill)
Had not been showing all that much until Friday, but certainly found the drying conditions more to his liking at Newbury. He sat off the pace for much of the race steadily making progress in the latter stages, before McCoy asked him for an effort. He duly delivered and won with a bit more in hand than the finishing distance would suggest. The McCoy drive was a typical one but I feel it may have been a bit more animated that it needed to be, the 1.5 length deficit could have quite easily been greater, and I doubt the handicapper will be raising this fella by a great deal. He looks to be a horse who probably has a fair bit in hand and will certainly be worth following in his next couple of outings.
Today sees some fairly mediocre racing at Huntingdon and Sedgefield, however there may be one horse worth chancing in the 16:00 at Huntingdon. Global Flyer a fairly decent yardstick during the 2011/2012 campaign and notched up 4 wins over fences during that time. He has not managed to match that level of form this term, but excuses can probably be made for each of those four runs. He has been given a break and returns here on a 5lb lower mark than his last win over C+D 11 months ago. He is 3/3 at this venue, the drying conditions are likely to see him to much better effect and he has been vastly underestimated by Bet Victor at 11/1. I reckon he’s worth an e/w punt at that price, and hopefully he can get us some extra funds for Prestbury Park.
Until next week,