The Waiting Is Over… It’s Day One
The waiting is now over and it’s the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. About 4 minutes after the roar as the first race begins Summerville Boy can win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm). Getabird has the best form in Ireland and is trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh but the price looks too short. The race is full of unexposed novices and something could come out of the pack. However, on form and ratings SUMMERVILLE BOY can get us off to a flyer by winning the opener at 15/2 with William Hill.
Footpad and Petit Mouchoir are closely matched on hurdles form but the former is a shorter price for the Arkle Chase (2.10pm). Footpad beat Petit Mouchoir on soft ground at Leopardstown but the distance between the horse was narrowing at the line. Petit Mouchoir made a serious jumping error and but was not beaten by far. Saint Calvados is the leading British hope but PETIT MOUCHOIR can win the race for Ireland and can be backed at 7/2 with bet365.
Buveur D’Air (3.30pm) and Apple’s Jade (4.10pm) look banker material and the double pays 7/5 with Ladbrokes. Of the races shown live on ITV that just leaves the handicap chase at 2.50pm. There are any number of each way prospects and you will get paid out on four places. Festival form can be important because some horse relish the unique atmosphere. COO STAR SIVOLA has some experience in the bank and can win this race at 5/1 with Coral.
Manchester Unite need a win against Sevilla at Old Trafford tonight to progress to the last 8 of the Champions League. Jose Mourinho will now target the competition because Manchester City are home and hosed in the Premier League. The goalless draw in Spain was a decent result but any win for Sevilla would see them qualify for the next round. MANCHESTER UNITED have the players and managerial nous to win this match and that outcome is 8/13 with William Hill.