The Major’s festival was off to a flyer with two great results yesterday in the shape of Sprinter Sacre (adv 3pt bet 10/11) and Rock on Ruby (in the Major’s Cheltenham Antepost listat 14/1).
The racing was top class and the atmosphere electric, there is surely no greater place to be than Prestbury Park for the Cheltenham Festival. Good luck if you are on course today, myself I am in the best Mate enclosure and looking forward to a quality day with top company.The Trixie of Death as I named it is as follows (red = lost, green = won):
|Hurricane Fly||Boston Bob||Oscar Whisky (w/o Big Bucks)|
|Quevega||Sprinter Sacre||Sizing Europe|
|Grand Crus||Going Wrong||Simonsig|
So a win for Sizing Europe today would mean one of the trixies has landed. Sprinter Sacre was a great result as he sits in the middle of so many – If you did not follow the bet, I placed doubles and trebles on each straight line.
Wednesday Cheltenham Tips
1.30 National Hunt Chase
A tricky wide open opener today and I want to rely on my visual evidence from yesterday to support my tip on Teaforthree at 13/2. That said, as a general approach to these races, jockey is a massive factor. The most competent jockeys will provide the winner so Katie Walsh, JT McNamara, Nina Carberry and a few others are strong pointers for the Major.
I like the horses form and he races quite prominently. That style seemed to do favours yesterday with not that much coming from off the pace. Hunt Ball, Rock on Ruby and Cinders and Ashes all seemed to be at an advantage as others failed to peg them back.
Given Teaforthrees style, I am happy to go in, despite the drift – 13/2. His form with Restless Harry and around Chepstow was good enough.
Both Mullins runners in Allee Garde and Soll are credible and I would put you off neither but I want the horse racing with the pace, teaforthree.
For those that like a monster price, State Benefit at 40/1 seems massive to me.
2.05 Cheltenham – The Neptune
Already Advised: Simonsig 7/2
I am very happy to be sat on my Simonsig antepost ticket given that Boston Bob came out for the Albert Bartlett. The main danger as I see it is the Mullis stable who have won two of the last five runnings. The longer trip for Sous Les Cieux and the assistance of Ruby will help.
Tha Major is sticking with his original tip Simonsig, wish me luck.
2.40 RSA Chase
Already Advised: Grand Crus 7/2
Put simply, this is another race where I am delighted with my antepost selection and see no reason that Grand Crus cannot win the RSA.
Conditions will be perfect and although if I owned the horse I would have been tempted to have a pop at the Gold Cup, I think on balance, connections have probably made the right decision.
I would be more concerned over First Lieutenant than Bobs Worth who I don’t think will stand up to this.
3.20 Champion Chase
Already Advised: Wishfull Thinking 20/1
Again no change from the Major, I have Sizing Europe in my death trixie so won’t mind that result but I do think he is beatable. That thought has cost me money in the past but I am going to try again today with Wishfull Thinking.
I think the Hobbs runner will be seen in a new light here and it is hard keeping a Champion Chase crown. Big Zeb looks like a fading light to me and so Wishfull Thinking gets the nod.
4pm Coral Cup
The Coral Cup is an enigma wrapped in a puzzle.It is currently 7/1 the field and that reflects the competitive nature of the race, no wonder a bookie sponsors it!
Balgarry was a big winner for the Major on the Saturday Service a couple of weeks ago but I would be wary of the horse going in again if he runs so freely, he was tiring last time out and the hill may find him out.
The major is going to tip up Cape Dutch at 18/1. Ferguson could have a blinding day with a likely sort in the bumper and this horse is on the improve. He has a good strike rate over hurdles. Five year olds have a good record in the Coral Cup so I am happy to side with this sort near the bottom of the weights at 18/1.
Fred Winter Tips
Another incredibly competitive affair and the Fred Winter field of 24 requires some sifting!
Fred Winter handicaps have been won by top weights like Crack Away Jack as well as featherweight improvers so finding a winning trend is not simple.
On pricing, I like Edeymi at 16/1 with Sportingbet – This looks a classy sort and the price offers a nice each way piece of value. Sportingbet are four places, if you prefer a different horse, Bet365 are five places but their Edeymi price is 12s.
The Champion Bumper
@kingofbumpers is an absolute twitter tipping legend (and makes my top horseracing twitter list) who is never afraid to put up bigger priced sorts. He specialises as the name suggests in the bumper races and I am happy to simply put up his selection and I advise you to follow his twitter feed.
Cool George 28/1 – This bet will not appear in my register as it is a selection by @KingofBumpers.
Good luck one and all.