The tension is pretty much unbearable now as the greatest spectacle of jumps racing is finally upon us once more. In just two days the gates at Prestbury Park will let in the droves of punters who will be doing their utmost to deliver a blow to the on course bookmakers. It’s going to be even tougher this year which for the first time in a long while soft ground has been declared, and I doubt if that will change very much as the week progresses. As always it’s sure to be four full days of top class action with a few surprises along the way, and let’s just hope that all the horses and their riders return safely.
There has been some decent racing over the past week with some good performances to boot, but none more so than yesterday’s Imperial Cup win by the quirky First Avenue. He showed a very game attitude in the latter half of the race, and was simply primed to take full advantage of Kazlian’s blunder at the second last. He tore away up the run in and provided a fairytale day for both his trainer Laura Mongan and amateur rider Nathan Adams. It’s nice to see that the top yards don’t always hold a vice grip on the big pots, and I’m sure the champagne will be flowing in Epsom this weekend.
I have two who have made it into the notebook this week, and I reckon are definitely worth following.
Cool Baranca (Trainer – Dianne Sayer)
Has been disappointing on the whole this season, but ran a solid enough race at Ayr on Friday over a trip that probably stretches her capabilities. She notched up a quick fire hat trick around this time last year, and has now dropped down to her first winning mark. A drop back to two miles on slightly dryer ground will see her to much better effect, and given her overall profile this season there should be a decent price about her.
Douchkirk (Trainer – John Berry)
Nothing to really shout about on his recent form figures, however I could not help but be impressed by his run at Chepstow yesterday. He raced extremely wide throughout most of the race clearly looking for better ground, and showed a game enough attitude to finish fourth in the end. He shaped better than his opponents given he clearly wants good ground, and I reckon he is certainly worth a punt under the right conditions.
Before I leave you for another week, I thought I would let you in on a neat Bookmaker who is on the up, and has some absolutely cracking offers for all horse racing fans.
The Bookie in question is Racebets, and although I have only recently signed up through word of mouth, they are likely to be getting plenty of my business for the foreseeable future. The promotions alone should be enough to entice many punters, which include:
Money back on first fence fallers
Money back if your horse refuses to race (something that would certainly please ex race commentator Big Mac)
Money back if your horse loses by a nose
These are just a few of the great offers this bookie has on the table, and as punters we should certainly take advantage of opportunities like this.
Before I leave you I would like to wish you the very best of luck throughout Cheltenham, and I hope your punting ventures are profitable. I have lined up a few cracking bets for MBR Club members over the four day period, and I’m very confident that we will come out on top. So why not join me and make your festival one to remember.
Back next Sunday.