Cheltenham Day 1

 

Cheltenham Tuesday

1.30 Favourites have a poor record in this race in recent years so it may be worth looking at some of the alternatives here. Former festival bumper winner Champagne Fever won a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time out. The ground is likely to suit him and his stamina should be an asset in a strongly run race. Un Atout lacks experience but he is unbeaten and may well be open to plenty of improvement. The ground will not be a problem. Jezki beat Champagne Fever at Fairyhouse in December and is another for the short list.

My idea of the first 3 is Champagne Fever, Un Atout, Jezki in that order.

2.05 It is hard to get away from short priced favourite Simonsig and he is my selection.

2.40 Loch Ba looks an improver. He has won two of his last 3 starts and handles any ground. He is the selection with Fruity O’Rooney and Our Mick others to consider.

3.20 Rock on Ruby and Binocular are my two each way selections.

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4.00 I will go for Arabella Boy in this. Both trainer and Jockey have a good record in the race.

4.40 Quevega has a fantastic record in the race and should win again. Une Artiste looks next best.

5.15 Ohio Gold is consistent and handles soft ground. Shangani jumps well and is in terrific form. The Druid’s Nephew comes into the reckoning. He was only beaten a nose at Kempton in November and the form of that race has worked out well. Colour Squadron has been aimed at this race. He is the mount of AP McCoy but does tend to make a few jumping errors.

Ohio Gold, Shangani and The Druid’s Nephew are my main fancies.

Picture of Hardy Eustace is courtesy of the artist Sarah Aspinall.

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Diary: March 9 2013

 

The Imperial Cup at Sandown (3.15) is the main event tomorrow. Although he is a short enough price I do fancy Mr Mole for this. He looks potentially well treated off his current mark. At a bigger price course and distance winner Claret Cloak looks interesting.

My selections elsewhere are as follows.

Ayr 1.45 Shanen

4.00 Hollo Ladies (ew)

Chepstow 3.05 Samingarry

Diary: March 2 2013

 

It doesn’t look an easy Saturday to find winners.

Starting at Doncaster there are 6 course winners in the 2.55 with Court by Surprise the best fancied of the sextet. With the trainer out of form I prefer Join Together who was a fast finishing runner up in the Becher Chase back in December. The third that day has since franked the form and although the ground may not be ideal Join Together stays really well and should give us a run for our money.

At Kelso in the 3.40 Eduard may be better suited to the conditions that his main rival Brick Red.

Harry Topper will be a hot favourite in the 4.15 but I am inclined to take him on with Bold Sir Brian who has form figures of 211 at Kelso.