Cheltenham Festival – Day one preview
The opening day of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival promises to be dominated by Willie Mullins who has 4 strong favourites (2 of them odds on).
Cogry who could run a big race in the Amateur riders 4 mile chase at 4.40.
I’ll be on the course to see a potentially famous day in Cheltenham history.
I’ll be including Douban, Faugheen, Un De Sceaux and Annie Power in trebles and a four timer in the hope of being part of what would be an extraordinary feat by any training standards
In the Supreme I backed L’Ami Serge some time ago and he would be a warm favourite most years given the form he has shown. Seedling could run into a place.
Un De Sceaux appears to only have the fences to fear but I will stick with Vibrtato Valtat to pick up the pieces should the favourite falter. Court Minstrel could reward each way backers at a decent price.
Caroles Destrier was my original choice for the 3mile handicap chase but stable mate The Druids Nephew looks a more than capable substitute. Ned Stark has sound each way claims too and Annacotty could be worth a small interest. Barrakilla looks primed to run a big race too in what looks a fiercely competitive race.
Faugheen was backed back in October and is a very short price to win the Champion Hurdle. I think Jezki is worth an each way punt to retain his title with The New One destined for 3rd.
Annie Power is a warm order to pick up the Quevega mantle in the Mares hurdle despite this being her seasonal debut. I will be having an each way interest in Bitofapuzzle who has done little wrong and is an imposing sort.
Very Wood is a surprise runner in preference to the RSA and is one of my 50 to follow. However better value lies with each way bets on Cogry and Doing Fine.
Horizontal Speed was an early pick for the closing handicap chase but course winner Thomas Crapper looks an even more solid each way selection. Keltus has strong claims too.