The Major has a number of big horses on his watch list for key National hunt races of 2011 – As usual I am willing to wear these thoughts on my sleeve and allow the future to ridicule me as it unfurls the yet unwritten pages….
Once the great Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu had a dream in which he flew around as a yellow butterfly. When he awoke he said ‘I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?’
Dreams are a wonderful powerful thing. In the Majors, the following headlines grace the front pages of the Racing Post……….
Pandorama wins the Gold Cup – I have been hugely impressed by this horse – This is one the Major put up for the Hennessy and the way the horse was backed that day suggested that the Noel Meade stable believed they had the potential winner on their hands. Although Pandorama blotted the copybook that day, hitting a fence before throwing out the anchor and being pulled up, thankfully nothing was amiss and it meant that Pandorama has been in my mind since.
As it was again heavily backed before winning the Lexus (on the Majors shortlist that day), it became an ante post must. The only question is what race? Is it a potential Gold Cup star?? 16/1 each way with Ladbrokes is the advice as they go non runner no bet on the 4 championship races at the festival. OK, there are serious horses in the Gold Cup but let’s not forget that Pandorama has previously given Weapons Amnesty a beating and that horse dished out a seven length thrashing to reliable yardstick Burton Port before being shortened into 6/1 for the Gold Cup before injury took over – 16/1 Pandorama could look silly come March.
Riverside Theatre Takes King George as Kauto Fails to Shine – 12/1 for the King George – This is a bet the Major is very keen on as I think it is possible that Kautos best runs are well behind him and Long Run just looks like he needs another year of nursing to me. 12/1 is generally available.
There is a question on whether he stays and so we would want the ground to be OK but if we get it then I think this may be 6/1 at the off, even though we are only a fortnight away. Don’t forget Riverside has an unbelievably good Kempton record winning four from four.
Masterminded nailed by Big Zeb – Both of Mastermindeds runs this season in the Majors opinion have put him back in the same form he was in when he won his first Champion Chase. I think Nicholls has got this master back on form and punters forget that the horse is just 7. He has also been the highest rated horse in training for some time. Just because he is class does not mean Big Zeb cannot beat him in the champion chase though.
This season Masterminded has run some top horses into the ground including the seemingly improving Somersby. – You can get 15/8 but Big Zeb at 7/2 with Sportingbet who are also non runner no bet at this early stage has to rate as the bet. I am pretty sure the winner is one of these fabulous 2 milers and I think 7/2 is incredible value. Remember, for all of Mastermindeds beautiful exuberant jumping, Big Zebs Champion time was 4.5 seconds faster than Mastermindeds signature win in 2008.
You cannot go wrong betting on Big Zeb and dutching Masterminded to protect the stake. After all the opposition is going to come from Tatiano, Sizing Europe, Forpaddydeplasterer and Woolcombe Folly – Unless the Folly is a better horse than we have yet seen then the bet cannot fail as the opposition are some way behind this pair.
Posts to come this later this week:
How to subscribe to the Major – Details of how to use the various bits of technology I am trying to employ to subscribe to the Majors posts.
2011 Championship Football Bets – A post dedicated to the wild west of the Championship. Such a tight division, so many influences in play but there is some real value to be had finding the quality outfits with the set ups to make it to May with enough points to reach the promised land.