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Timeform Cheltenham Preview Night Manchester

Cheltenham Preview – Timeform 7th March – Manchester

JL- Jamie Lynch (Timeform & C4)
DB – Dan Barber (Timeform & ATR pundit)
MD – Martin Dixon (Timeform & RUK pundit)
BN – Billy Nash (Irish Editor)
DC – David Cleary (RUK pundit)


DB – Ballyandy excelled in large fields – can’t see it out of the first 3. Backed Ballyandy & Bunk of Early
MD – Pipe wants Moon Racer here – owner keen on Champion. If turns up he has best form, easy to knock but if turns up very talented. Not strong on the race would do Cilos Emery e/w
BN- Melon exceptionally well thought of – head & shoulders above Willies others. Would put up Bunk of early e/w if has to
DC – Melon style over substance – Ballyandy & Movewiththetimes have best form – prefers Movewiththetimes.

DB – Altior wins bar a fall. (All agree) Flying Angel as a place bet.

Champion Hurdle


JL – ratings Yanworth 179, Buveur Dair 178p, The New One 177, Petit Mouchoir 175 – thinks Cheltenham will suit Yanworth better.
DB – Horrible weak race. Mytentoryours at 33s was 2nd in 2 better renewals.
MD – Also on Mytentoryours e/w. Last years 2nd to Annie is best piece of form in last 12 months. Buveur Dair best of principles.
BN – Petit Mouchoir not improved since novice days. Puts up Wicklow Brave e/w
DC – Yanworth not convincing. Impressed with Brain Power, strong handicap form.

Other Races

DB – Henri Parry Morgan in the Ultimate off 142. NAP of the day is A Genie in a Bottle – could be 9/4 on the day.
MD – Interested in Druids Nephew in Ultimate. Backed Rock Gone in novice chase & Two Taffs.
BN – A Genie in a Bottle with J Codd in 4 miler. Sceauteur in the novice chase.
DC – Likes Henri Parry Morgan too.

Neptune Novices

DB – Finians Oscar is the British Melon – too short on what he’s done.
MD – Neon Wolf better time & sectionals than The New One on same day at Haydock. Back it wherever it runs.
BN – Bacardys a tough horse, fancies him to beat Neon Wolf.
DC – Neon Wolf has everything you’d look for.

RSA Chase

DB – American put up best jumping display this year – needs soft though.
MD – likes Whisper
BN – likes Acapella Bourgois would want to see him in parade as could get upset. Alpha vibes good – could run well too.
DC – Might Bite the outstanding form but suspect at the track – likes American.

Champion Chase

DB – In the without Market would do Gods Own.
MD – No one sees past Douvan winning. In the without market would do Sizing Granite e/w at 40s -probably only need to beat 2 home to be paid out.

Other Races

DB – Ivanovitch Gorbatov could be a plot for Coral Cup – refuses to accept he’s as bad as he’s shown.
BN – Carter McKay for the bumper – he thinks best bunch of bumper horses Willies had for a while. Sweet on Carter McKay in bumper best bet of dat two.
DC – Consul de Thaix in Coral Cup – ties in with Brain Power. Watch out for Sausalito Sunrise in x-country.


DB – Nasty race – Yorkhill wins if shows his form. Can’t see anything else to take it on with.
MD – Yorkhill could be a bit bigger early on the day. Should win.
BN – Yorkhill best horse in the race – class act very hard to beat.
DC – Tricky race – doubts about Fav but few alternatives.


DB – Thinks O’Leary will run others to ensure a strong pace for Empire of Dirt. Sub Lieutenant to take on Un de Sceaux. UDS is a Massive price – usually 5/4 or less.
MD – Un de Sceaux won’t be bigger than 6/4 on the day – one of the best bets of the meeting.
BN – Thinks Un de Sceaux is best horse and can be dropped in now – doesn’t need to lead.
DC – Un de Sceaux best horse in the race, can’t understand why it’s drifting in the market.

World Hurdle

DB – UNWIMH must be the banker of the meeting. Has backed Ballyoptic e/w but not hopeful now.
MD – UNWIMH could go off odds-on. Improved massively this year – looks a class act. Best of the British and unsure the Irish have anything to trouble him from a win prospect. Maybe Nichols Canyon e/w if it turns up.
BN – Cant see Shaneshill beating UNWIMH. Unsure on Jezki’s stamina.
DC – UNWIMH has few chinks in his armour. Clear form pick -can’t see any flaws.


DB – DDS still a good bet – could be a Champion hurdle horse for next year. Conclusively the best horse in the race. Doesn’t see anything else as a future champion hurdler.
MD – DDS hard to be negative about. Would class him a better short priced fav than UNWIMH.
BN – Mega Fortune to run well but doesn’t think it will trouble DDS. Ruby could ride the mare Meri Devie in this – vibes are positive.
DC – If the Charli Parcs that won first time out turns up- it would be a serious contender but a big If.

Albert Barlett

DB – Wholestone the hear & now horse might not end up as good as DD but could be cut out for this.
MD – DD could easily win but wrong price. likes The Worlds End at bigger odds. Fair bit of substance to his form.
BN – DD is a true stayer no worries over 3 miles – always the target this race. Has a favourites chance but too short would rather back Monalee.
DC – West Approach rated high as run in open company but fancies Willoughby Court if it runs.

Gold Cup

DB – Thinks Cue Card will struggle to get home. Native River looks a true Gold Cup horse but backed Djakadam & More of that e/w.
MD – Struggled with this, going round in circles. Cue Card is the best horse but Djakadam most solid. Not a good betting race
BN – Native River is the standard setter – only worry had hard races each time.
DC – Just watch the race – not a betting proposition.



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