Well, we have waited and waited and now we are very nearly there, the Festival is upon us and I will be heading over to the Mecca of Jumps Racing on Sunday and staying for the whole week, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.
It has rained and rained the last couple of days and after all the conjecture over the last few weeks for the first couple of days anyway we are going to have a soft ground Festival.
The other thing for anyone going is it’s going to be bloody cold which as well as being uncomfortable for spectators (I find 5 pints of Guinness tends to protect one from the elements) will mean the ground will not dry out quickly.
Many owners and Trainers were praying we would get good ground but the elements have beaten us it seems. I know many of you are taking the week off work or will be managing somehow to tune in and after this wet and gloomy jumps season this is going to be one hell of a Festival.
Sadly we are robbed of jump racing’s biggest star Big Bucks this year and he will be missed leaving a field that makes this years stayers the worst quality Championship race in history. But someone will win it which reminds me when an owner once said to the wily old fox Peter Easterby “It’s a rubbish Gold Cup this year Peter” to which he dryly replied “Try winning it then.” Even in inferior years it takes some effort to win here.
It’s possible to win and win big here but you need the combination of understanding how Cheltenham races are run and the inside information of who is cherry ripe for the big occasion. This is the week to get with the Don as I will be coming to you live from the betting jungle that is Cheltenham. I will give a minimum of four top quality selections every day at the Festival so this really is the week to sign up and get your betting on the right track.
As promised a TGD Saturday Special with a difference, it runs on a Tuesday and I’m going to try and start the week with an almighty bang by giving you a big price horse in the very first race the Supreme Novices Hurdle. My Tent or Yours at 7/4 is considered a cert by many and will be a Banker Bet for the hordes of racegoers and millions watching. There is one problem though, this race has been a graveyard for these so called certs over the years and I’m not convinced the undulations of the track will suit this horse either so at those odds he has to be taken on. The horse I have been waiting for is Mozoltof trained by a man who loves to win this race Willie Mullins. This horse was third in the bumper last year but looked very weak to me at the time. It has strengthened up recently and won well last time. I’m convinced this is an exceptional hurdler and has been forgotten about because everyone is obsessed by the fave.
Take the 25/1 with Betvictor with 4 places and non runner no bet, Hills go 5 places but are not non runner no bet so it’s a choice I would play it safe now and go non runner no bet where you can.
I really hope you can join the Don for Cheltenham and I hope all Betfan Daily News readers have a brilliant Festival, It’s showtime.
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don