The time for talking is over. It’s time for action.
I think there may have been more words spoken about this year’s Cheltenham Festival via preview nights, social media and in print than ever before. But all that really matters is what happens on the track. Will we be winners or losers? Only time will tell.
I can’t wait to find out.
Min/Douvan/Vroom Vroom Mag treble at 25/1!
There is no better way to ease the pressure of finding winners at the Cheltenham Festival than to bang home a winner in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and hopefully ALTIOR can land us a blow in the very first race.
Min at 9/1!
The discrepancy in price between him and hot-pot favourite Min is quite surprising when you consider Altior’s win at Kempton where he sauntered clear in a good race run at a fast tempo.
Willie Mullins should get his first win of the Festival in the Arkle Chase with Douvan, but at 1/3 there’s no way I can recommend him as a credible selection.
Vaniteux shapes like a horse that may struggle with the Cheltenham hill so I’m all for backing SIZING JOHN to follow Douvan home.
Back him in the without the favourite market at 2/1.
ANNIE POWER looks best bet of the material in the Champion Hurdle, especially if she continues to trade around the 2/1 mark. This year’s renewal is a below-par race and she has all the credentials to break her Cheltenham Festival duck and right the wrongs of her last hurdle fall in the Mares Hurdle last season.
With the 7lb allowance it’s hard to see Annie Power getting beat if she runs anywhere near the level of form she showed when running a close second behind More Of That in the World Hurdle two years ago.
Annie Power at 12/1:
Vroum Vroum Mag will be many people’s banker of the day in the Mares Hurdle but she has no Cheltenham form in the book and could be more suited to soft conditions.
I’m willing to chance THE GOVANESS to outrun her odds at 14/1 as she has good staying form at Cheltenham and would have finished much closer to Vroum Vroum Mag if she hadn’t belted the final hurdle at Ascot.
Nina Carberry has a fantastic record for an amateur at Cheltenham and she looks the ideal partner for SOUTHFIELD ROYALE in the National Hunt Chase. He’s a better animal jumping left handed and his second place in the Feltham Novices Chase looks the best piece of form on offer.
I’ll be screaming the house down at Cheltenham if the owners of Southfield Royale enjoy a day one double as I’ll be backing SOUTHFIELD THEATRE in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
He’s been off the boil this season but has strong Festival form and a mark of 150 might just be workable – 20/1 looks fair.
DOUBLE SHUFFLE could be a bit of a plot in the Novice Handicap Chase and could be each way answer at 12/1.
Day One Bets
1:30 Altior 4/1 (3pts win)
2:10 Sizing John in the w/o Douvan market 2/1 (1pt win)
2:50 Southfield Theatre 20/1 (1pt EW)
3:30 Annie Power 2/1 (4pts win)
4:10 The Govaness 14/1 (1pt EW)
4:50 Southfield Royale 8/1 (2pts EW)
5:30 Double Shuffle 12/1 (1pt EW)