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Bog Warrior, Pique Sous and Ante Post Champion Bumper

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.

Bog Warrior - The Major has a lot of faith invested

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!

The Majors Antepost Tips for Cheltenham Festival – 40/1, 25/1 and more

The time has come for the Major to reveal exactly which horses I want in my portfolio before the tapes go up on Tuesday 13th March and the famous roar echos around the Gloucestershire air.

Antepost betting can be terrific fun and equally incredibly frustrating and the Major normally would recommend getting involved in Cheltenham betting only at this stage.

Markets for the main Cheltenham races open immediately after the preceding years event has been run.  However, getting on early means you do not have the benefit of an entire years form knowledge, you do not see the improvers or judge the injury, prep or yard form; you do not know which horses are planned to be stepped up in trip or to go chasing.

Crucially, the vast majority of bookmakers have now gone non-runner, no-bet.  This simply means a refund if your horse does not make it to the start line!  Now is the time for the Major to roll out his Cheltenham antepost tips.

The festival is such a competitive betting commercial space, you also get the plethora of offers from bookies keen to get you in the habit of using their account ahead of the week.  The Major will make no bones about advising which offers you should go for.  The stand out must be Paddy Power who are offering a refund on your horse in the Arkle, if Sprinter Sacre is beaten.  That will cost them a lot of money and we should be in the queue to take advantage.

I have broken my thoughts down into each day – I am not trying to cover every race, just my main thoughts……

One horse I don’t think will turn up (unless the heavens open) and I will miss is the Gigginstown horse, Bog Warrior.  I think this is the best chaser in the making and look forward to an exciting future but his runs require soft conditions…  Lets hope Aintree or Punchestown is soft enough.

Champion Trainer and Champion Jockey

My first antepost bet of the week has to be in the top trainer market where you can get 25/1 about Alan King (William Hill).  He has a decent portfolio of chances in the handicaps and in Grumeti, looks to have a warm prospect, it can be just a handful of horses required to win a top trainer prize at the festival. 

I would also recommend a small stake on Daryl Jacob to pick up top jockey at 40/1.  If some of the Mullins horses do not travel over well or are faced by very good conditions, then I fancy getting some Mullins / Walsh mounts turned over.  This then gives Daryl Jacob a great chance of winning a few on the best alternate Nicholls rides…. just a thought. 

Cheltenham Tuesday Tips – Champion Hurdle, The Arkle….

Firstly, go to Ladbrokes and claim your free £5 bet!  You have to do it online and you have to deposit but that’s it; a completely free £5 bet for Cheltenham’s Tuesday card….

The racing – Let’s start with the Arkle.  There is no way that you should back anything unless it is with Paddy Power in this race. 

Cue Card, 8/1, has been touted by his jockey as a likely front runner, which I do not think will do him much favour.  Peddlers Cross, 9/2, is likely to line up here but may take his chances in the Champion Chase, where he is a top price 20/1, or the Jewson, 6/1.  I would put him in the Champion Chase if I owned him as I think it is a weak Champion Chase this year, more of that later.  Al Ferof at 4/1 is too short for me, although Ruby wants to oppose Sprinter Sacre with him, I am not sure there is enough in the price for a horse that has looked just short of top class.  Sprinter Sacre has been described as an aeroplane and does look top drawer, the likely winner but in a race that has a habit of turning those sorts over!

Thus, the antepost Arkle selection for the Major is Menorah at 11/1 with Paddy Power.   I cannot forget that the placed form in last years Champion Hurdle and despite the horse needing to put many excuses behind, it is entirely possible that the festival is the place to do it.  Plus with a refund available is Sprinter Sacre does go in…. well, value indeed.

In the JLT Handicap Chase, I do quite fancy Walkon at 20/1 who likes Cheltenham and has some fair class; these staying handicap chases often suit a classy horse and I want this one on my side.

The Champion Hurdle – The antepost market for the Champion Hurdle has been dominated by Hurricane Fly.  The injury prone Irish star showed all his class last year to smash his field, although on reflection, was it the strongest? 

Although Binocular was reported back to his all time best at Wincanton last time, the Major has severe doubts about whether we will see that form or what it adds up to. 

Zarkander looks good but has to overcome a serious lack of experience and 5/1 is no price. 

Once again, the Major is looking down the list at something that might run a bigger race and the pen stops at Rock on Ruby at 14/1.  This horse will be staying on to best effect at the end of the race and I just have a feeling that things might fall in his lap rather.  It could be a fairly small Champion Hurdle field and things may get messy.

Cheltenham Wednesday Tips – The Champion Chase, The Neptune, Coral Cup and RSA Chase

This years Champion Chase looks a fairly poor renewal.  As much as I know the yard can prepare for the big run, it looks like Big Zebs best days are behind him.

This leaves Sizing Europe, a best priced 11/10 shot and Finians Rainbow at 5/1.  Now it has cost me money, but I am still of the view that Sizing Europe is very beatable and I am going to keep that instinct.  My issue is that I do not think the horse to do it is Finians Rainbow, at least not this year.

Once again the Major’s eyes are wandering down the list and I settle on Wishfull Thinking a general 16/1 shot.  Again a horse with some questions to answer but one with definite talent and not just place claims in my view.

The Coral Cup may be a handicap where we are yet to see the well weighted horse.  Therefore I am holding my judgement until after the Imperial Cup next weekend but would register an early interest in Smad Place at 16/1.

The RSA chase is all about whether Grand Crus turns up or not.  Personally I would run him in the Gold Cup.  I suspect though that connections will go for the RSA and use Kauto’s declaration of fitness (Assuming that comes) as  the decision point.  Whichever race he turns up in, I am very interested in Grand Crus who has taken to regulation fences extremely well.  9/4 therefore that he wins the RSA is a price from heaven and we should all be relieving Sportingbet of the weight of their satchel.

The Neptune is another race in which I fancy the favourite.  Now that Henderson has declared this the target for Simonsig, I think the 7/2 with Boylesports represents great value.  There is not a massive amount of quality in behind this (spare Boston Bob who may not line up) so I have no hesitation in getting on early and large.  This is an ideal antepost market to tip as it looks like the favourites price will only go one way.

If you want a tip for the Champion Bumper, you are in the wrong place!  Try @kingofbumpers on Twitter on the day!

Cheltenham Thursday Tips – World Hurdle, Jewson and Ryanair

Big Bucks is so dominant in the World Hurdle market, it is hard to find an obvious piece of value.  It is there though, in the w/o Big Bucks prices.

Oscar Whisky has been touted as a real credible threat to the champion and while the Major will believe that when he can see it, 7/4 (Hills, Power, Coral and Boylesports) is a fine price. 

Although the market says he will, I don’t think Peddlers Cross will line up ion the Jewson which makes last years festival winner, Sir Des Champs, my selection at 6/1.

The Ryanair could be a cracking race this year and while Riverside Theatre returning from injury to great form shapes the market, it is Irish raider Noble Prince who the Major wants on side.  6/1 is the price, have a big slice and thank me later.

Cheltenham Friday – The Gold Cup, The Triumph

The Triumph has been shaping up well in the last month with the principles being taking each other.  I am putting two up to back at win stakes; Pearl Swan, 8/1 Paddy Power) and Grumeti, 5/1 (Generally).  I think this is the best form line and neither will mind the Cheltenham hill, a test many others in the field are to face into yet.

The Gold Cup is hugely interesting race this year.  I am assuming that Kauto turns up, which is no certainty.  If he does, he has been racing with the mind of a six year old, clearly noone has told the great horse that he is in his veteran years!  That said, I would urge anyone who would back Kauto with money and not just heart, to rewatch last years Gold Cup and King George.  There lies all the evidence you need that despite Long Run being scruffy at fences, he will outstay Kauto.

Long Run at 13/8 with a clear round is a great price but it is the clear round that bothers me.  I also do not think this is the horses fault but rather the amateur jockey – I am afraid that the Major is in the camp that would like to see Geraghty on board and really see how great this horse can be.

The antepost tip though is two-fold and buried way down the list.  I think this years Gold Cup has got the hallmarks of a race that could go to a massive outsider.  Long Run might jump his way out of it, Kauto and Grand Crus might not be there, Burton Port might bounce.

The two I am interested in are What a Friend and Captain Chris, both at 40/1 – What a Friend ran to a place last year and is sure to be in the mix, Captain Chris has quality but has run a season of shockers.  That said, he has always looked a spring horse and so I am relying on him coming back to form.  Mainly, let’s hope that Kauto gets there and gives a good race to bow out on.

That is it, the full Cheltenham portfolio.  Whatever you do, bet an amount that makes you nervous, else you won’t enjoy it as you should!

Flash Sunday Leopardstown Tips… includes 64/1!!

What a superb card to feast your Sunday eyes upon……. The Major has gone through the card and includes tips at 22/1 and 64/1 for your punting pleasure!!

1.05 – A cracking opener and ut de sivola has a chance to further enhance an already noteworthy reputation. 5/2 may look a laughable price later for this French import that has adapted to Irish obstacles well. That said, the Major is surprised to see 12/1 about the selection USAID whose Huntingdon maiden hurdle win looked originally average but now looks quite hot with four subsequent winners coming out of the race. Entitled to improve, double digit pricing makes it a very backable horse.

1.35 – Quite a haystack to work through. At prices, Born to benefit at 25s is interesting now switched handicapping, money might suggest a better run is now expected. If Dazzling Suzie settles then place prospects at least at 14s. I also think sugar bullet has much better than 25/1 chances too. On balance though the chances of Catleen and A COUNTRY GIRL are more obvious and the latter up a chunk in weight for the latest run, still has buckets of improvement left – 9/2 bet365 is the tip.

2.10 – So far I have rejected two of the uber in form Mullins horses and its now three i avoid tipping. Sous Les Cieux is a great prospect and entitled to be better than when losing to Cash and Go (didn’t settle) latest. The Major though was really taken by Tolworth winner Captain Conan who caught the idling Colour Squadron and is surely entitled to improve again after jumping most hurdles big. I reckon CAPTAIN CONAN is good enough to raid this and what an exciting chase prospect that makes him next year.

2.40 – Bog Warrior had an easy time of it yesterday and in choosing that engagement avoided clashing with Lambro and Last Instalment. I think Bog Warrior is the best of the lot given his form line on Flemenstar. This race should go to Last Instalment or LAMBRO. At the prices, evens and 5/2 I am minded to tip the latter who mastered his rival over hurdles in the spring and has already shown he is a Grade 1 horse in the making – he can jump a fence and I think he has a great chance of getting the better of G1 winner Last Instalment today.

3.10 This handicap is as open as the Majors wallet on Gold Cup night. The sponsors Paddy Power are offering five places which is good work. Many are in with a shout and the Major was only able to rule the red line through 7. Rather than offer several tips, the Major throws one hopeful dart. The tip is 22/1 Bet365 shot BARACAS who with the assistance of Geraghty could give us an exciting run for the price.

3.40 Opposing Mullins (with the exception of Lambro) has been the theme and the Major continues to look beyond the Irish Champion trainer here. Quel Espirit looked a dodgy jumper and reputation supports his loft 11/8 status. BOSTONS ANGEL did not look himself last time out but is surely due to return to form at the business end of the season. 7/2 Boylesports says it happens today.

4.20 When things look simple sometimes it is right not to complicate them and so the Major has no hesitation in tipping up Edna’s ON THE FRINGE at 5/2. Festival bound, specialist yard…..

4.50 Sceptre and Crown can be backed at 64s on Betfair and what a price that is. OK it is not an obvious market principle but the family is smart enough and the trainer does ready bumper winners. Pique Sous will likely be 9/4 when the market opens and is the more obvious candidate but the Majors loves to tip a big price when one can and so SCEPTRE AND CROWN it is!!

Irish Champion Hurdle Day – Leopardstown Tips – The Return of the Fly

Good morning from the Major who sits typing on this cold frosty morning – A whiteness has descended, the plants look brittle at the edges, like they might shatter.

Hurricane Fly

It could be one of these but the Major is daring to oppose the Fly

Let’s hope racing goes ahead.

The Saturday Service was unprofitable.  While Grumeti was controversially awarded the race in the stewards room, the other mortars the Major aimed fell adrift.  Reload followers and trust in the greatest force of all, your own independent mind.

Of those other mortars, Charminster ran a race into fourth, Diamond Harry looked scruffy at the fences and surely is not suited to Cheltenham, having never raced comfortably, I would take that one straight to Aintree.

Not the best Saturday.  The Majors January profit has plunged to 13%…

January Results
Sport Stakes Profit
Racing 32 38.53%
Football 14 -42.79%
Total 46 13.78%

To Sunday and redemption….

Leopardstown Tips

 I have resolved to stop giving out footballing bets looking at the charts, they simply never pay for me!  Either that or I am going to have someone who is better at it provide them.  Mr Dipper, Mr Hill or Mr Redmond spring to mind.

I am going to concentrate more on my core subject, the sport of Kings.  Leopardstown hold a sumptuous banquet of a card today, how I wish I was there.

Let’s tackle the Grade 1 races first…

Leopardstown 1.25 Arkle Chase

The market is hugely focussed on the leading three chances, Flemenstar, Notus de la Tour and Blackstairmountain; 14/1 bar.

The Major also thinks the winner is in there and with just seven runners, I feel opposed to finding each way value, even though Gift of Dgab and Baily Green both look overpriced to me. 

I also find some merit in the claims of Lucky William whose second in a Grade 2 at Punchestown is not disgraceful.

The truth is that Bog Warrior seems to have held all of these Irish novices and looks the far better horse. 

The closest I can get to that in here is Flemenstar.  He chased Bog Warrior to within 7 lengths earlier in the season and seems to have improved over fences since.  The trainer / jockey strike rate is impressive and I think it is a reliable choice.

I will admit that Mullins is in tremendous form and it is hard not to get on Blackstairmountain but overall, my tip Flemenstar at 2/1, feels better value. 

2.30 Leopardstown – Irish Champion Hurdle

I love racing because I love stories.  Hurricane Fly is a tremendous example of a racing story that makes the sport great.

This horse has suffered a few setbacks and it was not until last March that we finally got him to Cheltenham.  His hurdling record ahead of that was sensational.  In total, Hurricane Fly has started thirteen races and has lost just two.

The first was a summer hurdle in France, probably not his season, where he finished second by two lengths without his usual sparkle.  The last loss, seven races ago, to Solwhit was in bottomless ground and the Fly simply did not show up.

Yet this horse has had many doubters.  Five of those wins since 2009 have been against Solwhit, the critics argue this is not strong.  He is also a fragile horse, he has suffered several setbacks over the years, including this campaign, where the Major believes this is the Fly’s third intended start.

There is no doubt the horse is a mercurial talent but is he fit?

If he is, is there credible opposition?

Well, yes is the answer to the second question.  Last years Triumph form has worked out very well.  The mare that finished second that day, lines up this afternoon and is in receipt of a handy 9lbs mares allowance.

Unaccompanied is surely the one if any, to give Hurricane Fly a scare.  In receipt of 10lbs, she beat Thousand Stars relatively comfortably last time out and is entitled to be better yet.  She is still 5 and so improvement is expected.

Strictly that form is probably not good enough to get to the Fly but then there is the first question, the really tricky one, is Hurricane Fly at 100%?

A further complication in the Majors mind is that there is no obvious front runner in a field of five.  I am pretty sure the versatile Thousand Stars out of the same stable as Hurricane Fly will take the job but we are not assured of a strong pace.  This could be very tactical.  This is also more solid ground than the Fly is used to, that should not be a problem but the combination of those two factors does make me wonder if the Fly’s usual turn of foot, so devastating, will be seen to the same effect.

This promises to be a cracker so where should you put your money?

The Major believes the Fly is the best horse.  The Major also thinks that 1/2 is plenty skinny enough.  There is no doubt that Mullins would not race him unless he was ready, they think too much of him and have held him back plenty of times, even when the trainer knew it would be an unpopular decision.

I still think that making a seasonal debut in this hot race against an unexposed potential wonder-mare in receipt of a sack full of weight….

Maybe I will look stupid later but Unaccompanied 4/1.

I was going to look at the novice hurdle that follows the Irish Champion Hurdle but thought I would throw a slightly different arrow at another that caught the eye.

Ffos Las – 2.55 Handicap Hurdle

The Welsh ground is heavy and for the Major, I always appreciate an extreme of condition, it helps create value.

The selection is a horse I think may go off a gamble…. Tarateeno 5/1.

It is only the third horse that Pat Murphy has sent all the way from Berkshire to Wales and he makes the long trip for a £3k contest with just this one horse in the box.

Tarateeno is racing off a mark of 90, yet just at the start of 2010, he had a mark of 124 over hurdles.  He probably did not deserve that but to tumble so far, it has taken a long consistent run of shocking performances.

Many of those performances have also been over fences rather than hurdles and his recent two spins over the smaller obstacles have been marginally better, even if they have not halted his slide.

His form on heavy ground is decent.  Three miles in this is probably just right.

Courage, roll those dice!

King Kauto V – Plus, Leopardstown Lexus Tips

Festive greetings and good morning from a mild Defford where the grey sky seems stuck overhead as if something has lodged itself in the weather system permanently.

The Major was awestruck with the King George race and I would suggest that unless the Gold Cup can serve up something better, which although ridiculous at the start of the season, now seems entirely plausible; then what we witnessed on Boxing Day could well be the race of my lifetime.

What a superb moment as Ruby brings Kauto to his Kempton Crowd before setting off back up the track to the winners enclosure

This seems a bold statement but for all of the reasons outlined in my previous post, Kauto and the Ditcheat team achieved something that was simply unbelievable.

What was beautiful about the race was the simplicity of Ruby and Kautos approach.  Get near the front, get a good view of the fences, get that superb travelling rhythm and smartness at the obstacles in play for Kauto and let the others worry about the rest.  How majestic it was too.  It never seemed as though you were watching a horse about to turn 12 years old, he was imperious.

How effective those tactics were too.  Once Nacarat and Golan Way had burned the early speed, Kauto took it up and had them all off the bridle turning into the home straight.

Long Run valiatly tried to peg the old master back and given a further half furlong, might just have done it.  This augers well to go back to Cheltenham where Long Run will have an extra two furlongs to get to Kauto.

As much as I admire the corithian approach of the Waley-Cohens with the son riding the fathers horse and taking on the top pro’s, I do wonder if I am the only one who wants to tell them, enough is enough.  Give the reigns to Geraghty and lets see whether this superb young chaser can give us more with one of the worlds finest jump jockeys on board.  Indeed, I suspect, we would have had a different result if Geraghty had ridden on Boxing Day..

Long Run is scruffy at so many fences, often skewing left, often taking the top 6 inches of birch with him.  Henderson has had him at Yogi Breisner the ‘go to’ specialist to try and get horses jumping straighter but I think the pilot is what needs to change.  The chances of that seem slim given that he has won a Gold Cup and giving up the dream of a second might be tough. 

Talking of Gold Cups, the way in which Grand Crus did the business in the Feltham must point to a Gold Cup effort.  He could be a genuine challenger too, he has done nothing wrong over fences and Silvianaco Conti and Bobs Worth were very good yardsticks.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival Tips

There has been some great racing already at Leopardstown.  The heavy ground has had an impact and there have been some disappointments in the poor showing from some leading fancies.

It was a particular shame that Bog Warrior fell on the back straight as this one looks top draw, it was a crashing fall and so I hope the horse shows no ill signs as a result.

Topaz Fort Leney Chase – Grade 1 – 1.25

Three Gigginstown representatives are out and two of them are joint favourites.

Last Installment and First Lieutenant have both achieved plenty over fences but it is the latter that the Major thinks is bet of the day.

2/1 is the current price with Boylesports but I expect this to tighten up an awful lot.

In the race which Bog Warrior walked away an easy winner, First Lieutenant was pulled up after walking through a fence.  Should there be no ill effect then I am very interested in this runner.  That day he was 5/4 favourite and although we have to use our imaginations to understand what might have happened without that error, I suspect he is a very good horse.

I think the money will come so want to be on early.

Put simply, I think this Cheltenham Festival winner (put Rock on Ruby into a close second) could be first class and today it is a no brainer.  I think 2/1 could look very generous later on.

Jockey booking support the view, if you have a Boylesports account, clean them out!

2.00 Christmas Hurdle – Leopardstown

This Grade 2 hurdle, unlike the Kempton version is over three miles not two and so we see some of the better Irish staying hurdlers out.  It must be quite depressing owning some of these horses in the age of Big Bucks.

Mourad and Voler La Vedette appear to have this race between them.

The two principals met in the Hattons Grace where Mourad gave 7lbs to Voler and got a 3l beating.  It is worth noting that it was Mourads first appearance of the season (although he was kept on the go in the summer) and surely better could come now.

The weight difference is also important with an extra two pounds in Mourads favour.

Despite this though I am going to side with 6/4 shot Voler La Vedette.  I think the ground is going to suit Voler much more than Mourad and this will help the Majors tip get the trip.

The Lexus 2.35 Leopardstown

The Lexus is another of the highlights on the Christmas racing calendar and it is a cracker.

Will Rubi Light stay?  Will top class Quito handle the ground? What sort of condition is Noland in? Why did they not get a run into Magnanimity?

It really is a puzzle. 

Noland is a fascinating runner, he has been sent over the sea by Ditcheat and you have to think that it is significant.  There were plenty of easy contests to place him in at home if they were unsure but this is bold as brass.  Noland gave Denman a beating over hurdles in his first Cheltenham festival.  An injury hit career has meant that we do not know what ability remains, although he should have plenty of gas in the tank.  It is worth noting that Nicholls sent What a Friend over to successfully take the Lexus two seasons back, very very interesting.

There is not often a big upset in the Lexus though and so I am siding with 15/8 favourite Quito de la Roque who has done everything right so far.  2/1 is very fair.  While the ground might be more ideal with extra cut, he has won on good before so I do not expect him to be too inconvenienced.

There it is, a tasty treble, Quito, Voler and First Lieutenant.  Nothing too outrageous in there.