Members of VG Tips know that I love to tip the first two home in a big field handicap. But even I was delighted to do just that in the very first race on the very first day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
The two I had tipped to them fought out the finish to the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Kalashnikov, my 11/2 ante-post selection sent to existing members on March 3rd, looked set to win until caught by my other each way selection, delivered to members two days before the race, SUMMERVILLE BOY. 10/1 was available about that winner when I sent members my detailed racing analysis and Tuesday tips. Summerville Boy got up to win at an SP price of 9/1. Nineteen horses went to post and my loyal and lovely members were offered the first two.
That was a very nice winning start to the Cheltenham Festival.
My next race selected for analysis was the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase. A last time out winner for VG Tips, COO STAR SIVOLA was a 9/1 ante-post tip mailed to subscribers on March 9th. I reiterated that tip via my post sent to members on Sunday, when the best price about the Lizzie Kelly ridden Coo Star Sivola was 6/1. I alerted members to the fact that Coo Star Sivola was racing from 7 pounds ahead of the handicapper and reminded them that Lizzie was able to claim a further 3 pounds off in the saddle.
The jockey looked comfortable throughout the race and led three fences from home. Kelly had to get serious aboard the gelding late on, when challenged by the gutsy Shantou Flyer. I was cheering her on via the television. It was my biggest scream of the day when she got more out of Coo Star Sivola to win her first race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Once the shock subsided, the tears followed, and Lizzie Kelly got a richly deserved roar from the packed crowd in the winners’ enclosure.
Buveur D’air was another winning tip to members of VG Tips. As I often tell them, I tend not to back horses priced odds on. Unless, that is, I think the price on offer should be even shorter than it is already. The 4/6 SP price was, in my opinion, value.
It was the Willie Mullins trained Melon, and not stablemate Faugheen that gave Buveur D’air most to think about in the closing stages of a hard fought Champion Hurdle. But jockey Barry Geraghty found more and ensured the Nicky Henderson trained gelding won the race for the second consecutive year.
Five races were selected for members on Tuesday. There was profit in four of them.
In addition to the three winners, Barney Dwan was a 9/1 tip on March 9th that got placed in the last race of the day at an SP price of 15/2.
Tuesday was a very good day of racing and a very profitable one for members of VG Tips, those who have been with my service for years and those who joined as recently as this week.