Anyway, the guys just wanted a quick round up of next week, so here’s what I’m thinking now, with the ground almost certain to be soft.
Supreme – My Tent Or Yours still looks strong but the ground may blunt his speed. Melodic Rendezvous looks an each-way steal on ground he’s proven on. Some bookmakers are going first four on the race, which looks a gift.
JLT – I’m becoming quite keen on Munkerty Tunkerty here. Sound jumper, stays well acts in the ground, form strong, and will probably have Will Kennedy on board, who’s 3-9 in Cheltenham chases.
Champion Hurdle – I’ve been against Hurricane Fly most of the season for numerous reasons but the soft ground brings him right back into the picture. Not only is it a plus for him but it’s a minus for one or two of his opponents too. I put up Rock on Ruby and Countrywide Flame for my preview on this race and I’m not jumping ship now, however.
Arkle – Wasn’t going to be a betting race but the softer ground changes things. In fact, the more I look at the race the more I’m convinced that if there’s going to be a boilover in a big race it could be here. Overturn is looking like a strong place lay to me and Majala comes into the reckoning at a huge price. Was fighting off Fago when that one fell at Warwick and then did well to hold on from a fast-finishing His Excellency, who expended no energy at all until the last 300 yards and was flattered by his proximity to the winner.
NH Chase – at a comedy price I can’t resist a throwaway couple of quid on Rose To The Moon, who looks the sort you want for a test as this. No problem with the ground, and David O’Meara looks to have found how to get the best out of her this season. Form may not stack up to a few of these but this could get attritional and you need a plodder.[symple_heading type=”h2″ title=”Chutney Dave’s Bet of the Meeting” margin_top=”20px;” margin_bottom=”10px” text_align=”left”] Neptune – Best bet of the meeting for me in Taquin de Seuil, as put up (well before Pricewise, I might add) on my first preview.
Looks all class, the ground is fine, and takes a lot of beating. The noises coming from Jackdaws Castle suggest they think a huge run is coming too.
RSA – it’s Goulanes time. I’m on at 20s here and is another I have already previewed. Wetherby run pointed to an him being out and out stayer and I think he’s the likely winner.
Champion Chase – when Sprinter Sacre gets to the start, have a count of his legs. If there’s four, he wins.
Coral Cup – So much guesswork required, but Hollow Tree is one I’ve had on the radar for this for a while. Two miles too short, three miles too far, this intermediate trip could be just right. Led two out in the Triumph last year but got out speeded after the last. An each way pop in an open race.
Jewson – I don’t have a huge fancy in this, to be honest, and the waters are muddied further still by the possible defection of Dynaste from the RSA to this. Argocat is no more than a token selection.
Pertemps – now that Stonemaster has proven his stamina I thought he looked a likely sort for this. Have been taken with both his runs this season and looks to have been lined up for this. Noises coming from the Nicholls yard suggest Sam Winner is one of their major fancies for the week.
Ryanair – A race to watch and enjoy rather than bet on for me. Forget about Champion Court’s last run in a Mickey Mouse event and he’s a solid chance in an open event.
World Hurdle – Reve de Sivola looks a strong choice here. Can’t have Oscar Whisky at all and to be honest, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise were he not to line up at all. Reve has less to prove than most in the race and looks solid. I’ll also be looking for match bets involving Cross Kennon, he’ll have his conditions and should beat a few more fancied rivals.
Byrne Group Plate – wherever Cantlow turns up I will be on, he’s another of my big fancies for one of the handicaps. His jumping leaves a bit to be desired but he’s getting there, and even when he makes a mistake he’s back on the bridle with a stride or two. With the rain, I think this looks the ideal target.
JCB Triumph Hurdle – already previewed, and I’m not changing my mind from Far West and Kashmir Peak.
County Hurdle – been very keen on Court Minstrel for this for a while but the rain is scuppering his bid. I’m sure he’ll be best on good ground. Tennis Cap is starting to look the one, been very impressed with last two starts and there’s more to come.
Albert Bartlett – Forgive Coneygree his last effort and on ground he’ll love, he’s every chance of out staying these. Very taken with him earlier in the season.
Gold Cup – already previewed, and Silviniaco Conti still looks the one. If by some chance Teaforthree lined up I could see him outrunning his odds.
Foxhunters – Dantes Storm took the eye with his victory over Rumbury Grey and he might be the one, with a saver on Radetsky March, who’ll love the ground.
Grand Annual – didn’t really want too much rain but Viva Colonia travels like a dream. Faster they go the better. Only had one go at the hill before and came up it just dandy.There we go. Hopefully at the end of it all we’ll have some left for Uttoxeter Saturday…… [symple_heading type=”h2″ title=”Good luck next week with all your punting.” margin_top=”10px;” margin_bottom=”10px” text_align=”left”]
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