Cheltenham Open meeting day 3 preview
Very good day on Saturday with Sam Winner (9.6) winning for the blog and my 50 to follow and Caid Du Berlais (17.0) winning for my 50 to follow.(odds Betfair Saturday AM).
Whilst at Wetherby Dougie Costello had the predicted good day with 3 winners, 2 of which One Track Mind and Forced Family Fun were tipped on my blog. The former my third winner of the day from my 50 to follow list.
Present View ran very well in the Paddy Power to finish third on ground his trainer said was softer than ideal. Definitely one I will continue to follow.
Fair dos to Kings Palace who conceded experience but ran out a worthy winner of the novice chase.
So to the final day of the excellent Open Meeting at Cheltenham –
A very tricky handicap hurdle to start the day and nothing really stands out for me. Howlongisafoot and In Fairness will have their supporters given the stables they come from but Cultram Abbey could kick off a successful day for Penrith trainer Nicky Richards by rewarding each way punters.
Paul Nicholls’ Emerging Talent was beaten by a subsequent grade 3 winner on his hurdling debut and can beat Commissioned who is seeking a hat trick.
One of the highlights of the meeting have been the quality of the fields in the novice chases and today’s race is no exception.
Vibro Valtat is one of my 50 to follow and won cosily for my 50 to follow on his chasing debut. Hes not the easiest ride and Nicky Richards Duke of Navan is slightly preferred having won well from Urban Hymn (3rd here on Friday) at Carlisle. Court Minstel has won many admirers with 2 easy wins and is clearly a threat.
The 2 mile class 1 chase sees another 50 to follow horse Module line up but he needs to improve from a lackluster seasonal debut and 2 miles is on the sharp side. Simply Ned could round off a great day for Nicky Richards having already won this season at Kelso.
The Greatwood hurdle is full of possibilities but I narrow it down to two each way bets. Goodwood Mirage fulfilled earlier promise by beating subsequent easy winner Lightening Rod at Wetherby and is well regarded by Jonjo O’Neill. Baradari (5o to follow) is similarly regarded by Venetia Wiiliams and Aidan Coleman and this could be the day he fulfills that reputation.
Plenty of horses with form in the concluding bumper but Steve Gollings’ Definitely Red is a confident selection to come out best under Richard Johnson.