Cheltenham is over for another year and it was quite a week for TGD and his private service followers. On day 1 we knew that Bailly Green was working well and would be suited by the conditions in the Arkle so we got on at 40/1 in the morning. He ran a super race to be second landing us a very nice each way pay out.
I have been waiting for Solwhit for weeks and he duly obliged in the World Hurdle at a whopping 10/1. This horse if he rolls up next season in this form would give Big Bucks plenty to think about. Solwhit had the speed to record a victory over the mighty Hurricane Fly earlier in his career and now proving he stays three miles at Championship level he is a major force to be reckoned with.
We finished the week off in style yesterday with Salsify and Alderwood who gave AP his second winner of the day securing a huge profit on the week. I told you last week I would be live from the jungle all week and I was able to steer my followers away from the hype horses and onto the real players at the festival. You hear tips from all quarters at Cheltenham the trick is building up the right contacts so you can zero in on the genuine as opposed to the fanciful.
The great news for those who didn’t join up for Cheltenham is the flat season starts next week with the Lincoln at Doncaster and then we have Aintree and another great National Hunt Festival. The contacts for this flat season are all ready to go and after this gloomy Winter I say bring it on and join the Don.
One sad aspect of the week was the horrific fall of JP Macnamara, our thoughts are with him and his family. You know on a racecourse when a serious injury has occurred and I wonder if the last race the cross country should have been scrapped, there didn’t seem much appetite for it. It was a stark reminder of the risks these guys take in our great sport.
My hero of the week must be Willie Mullins who brought his horses over in superb fashion. Mullins isn’t flash but is as shrewd an operator as this game has ever seen and he walked away as trainer of the week. My zero of the week has got to be David Pipe who left empty handed and had yet another poor Festival. Mr Pipe has spent the past couple of months talking up his horses so when they don’t deliver it makes him look pretty stupid. This yard is not what it was and maybe a slightly quieter approach next year might be wise.
Today will be a bit flat for obvious reasons but the TGD Saturday special runs in the one good race taking place today the Midlands National at Uttoxeter. Chac du Cadran heads the market but we can back a horse with equally strong claims at over twice the price. The horse is Cool Operator and he should be backed each way at 8/1 with Totesport. He is in form and at the right end of the weights and the Kirby yard are a yard to follow. This would be their biggest success to date and would be a great way to end the week!
Uttoxeter 3:50 Cool Operator 8/1 Each Way Bet (Totesport)
Join me for Doncaster, Aintree and beyond this week was no fluke, it really is showtime!
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don