What a day to be sat in front of the TV, sparkling water in hand (sober October getting annoying now)
We have Man Utd v Tottenham leading into racing from Donny and Cheltenham followed by an evening of Boxing. Strictly can wait or the catchup facility can be used.
A Saturday at Cheltenham is the best for any racing fan and this is the first we have had this season and it is going to be a cracker watching the big yards trade early blows.
One early thought it would seem the Paul Nichols has his team revved up early whilst Henderson, King and Hobbs seem to be more sluggish. We shall see more today of course and in the coming weeks.
I always feel at this early meeting it’s a chance for the smaller yards to land a victory or two as they can catch the big boys out for fitness. That’s because a big owner/trainer will be playing the long game and looking at having his horse cherry ripe for later in the season whereas for a smaller yard these early season targets can be a World Cup and Olympics rolled into one.
Which brings me to a horse at the peak of his form and fitness in Exitas who runs in the 3.10 at Cheltenham. Phil Middleton’s chaser is here fresh from a win at Kempton and is lurking at the bottom of the weights. James Bowen takes another 7 lbs off and the horse is going to think he is running free. This is his big day and at 33/1 he will gives a real run for our money.
So get set for a serious Saturday punting session.