The Major enjoyed a profitable Saturday with the 33/1 advised Chesil Beach Boy running on into a place in the Imperial Cup as well as 33/10 Sunderland getting the better of Liverpool at the Stadium of Light – This from four advised bets, which include Manchester City, yet to play at 7/10.
That did the Cheltenham war chest no harm what so ever.
2.45 Naas – Bog Warrior
The Major has made it clear that I am really disappointed not to see Bog Warrior at Cheltenham. The fact he needs softer ground has meant we do not get to see him test his mettle against the best.
The turnout for this novice chase is very disappointing with only four runners. No doubting the quality of the field but even with Cheltenham upon us, I would have expected a better field today at Naas with 18k (Euros) up for grabs.
Today he lines up against Flemenstar, a horse the Major tipped just a few weeks ago, successfully. Although clearly very good himself, today I am sticking with Bog Warrior.
The Major strongly feels that this is the best upcoming chaser in Ireland and I would be gutted not to see him beat Flemenstar today.
He likes to lead and should get that easily enough here and I am looking forward to a demolition job from the front. If you sense a touch of emotive in this tip, then I congratulate you on an accurate political radar. The Major has a definite soft spot for Bog Warrior who must be the most aptly named horse in racing. He is bold at his fences, brave and loves to take it on from the front, lots of heart. Reminds me of a big Gold Cup winner from Ditcheat, I have a feeling Bog Warrior might be the same class as Denman but maybe that’s too far.
Strong win bet at 11/10 with Paddy Power advised. If you want to know at what point I started feeling that way, it was as Bog Warrior landed over the last at Fairyhouse in the Drinmore, just watch how he picks up and moves on again. He is all heart and I love a galloping sort that wants to wind it up from the front. Watch the video from about 4 minutes and you will see him force error from Rivage D’Or – I hope I am right, Bog Warrior is a machine of a horse and has an enormous appetite, I feel a people’s champion being created. I have tried to attach the video of the Drinmore here – Hope it works. Might not be that often that you see Bog Warrior wearing the third couloured hat of Gigginstown!
Pique Sous – Champion Bumper Antepost.
In my Cheltenham ante-post blog, I suggested following King of Bumpers on Twitter for the Champion Bumper tips.
That said, I am increasingly looking towards the Mullins raiders to get myself a little ticket ahead of Wednesday. As a result, Pique Sous is of massive interest to me.
So many of the Champion Bumper runners are hard to assess on form and it is often reputation and the market that gives you a better idea on the horses chance. Although jockey bookings are yet to be confirmed, I suspect Champagne Fever will get Ruby’s services and that will leave my selection looking second best.
I am not too worried about that and hope that Pique Sous can show the best of the way home at 12/1.
Of the others, loads look promising sorts – After all this is a Champion Bumper and I am trying the impossible to tip the best in a field of high potential sorts.
Both Greatrex horses are 33/1, Circular Quay and Chain Reaction – They both have top class assistance in the saddle with Brennan and Maguire piloting respectively.
I am going to stick my pin in with Pique Sous though, at 5.20 on Wednesday, when the music stops, let’s see if our head is in front!