Cheltenham – Day 4

Another spectacular day highlighted by the performance of Vautour, our main bet, who jumped better than any novice in my memory around Prestbury Park under another beautiful Walsh masterclass. AP will be missed but no one matches the pure class and quality of RW.

Our other bet, Saphir Du Rheu, ran a fine race to give us three profitable days in a row and I have no intention of giving too much back on what I regard as the toughest punting day of the festival. We sit around the 7 point profit mark to SP but many of you will have bettered that considerably in view of some excellent concessions from the enemy.

It’s Gold Cup day but that doesn’t mean we have to bet on the race and it’s far too difficult this time around. Here are our two modest bets, both based on gut instinct backed up by acceptable formlines,

0.5 point each-way Hargam.

0.5 point each-way No More Heroes.

We are sure to make a really nice profit whatever with a good ROI figure. Enjoy what should be another stunning day.

Cheltenham – Day Three

We go into battle on day three with a comfortable advantage over the bookmakers – around 6 points at SP and more if you’re on the exchanges or BOG players or took early prices. The important thing is not to give it all back, especially on what looks a really tough punting day.

JLT Novices Chase
Plenty with chances but I cannot get the image of VAUTOUR storming up the hill last year out of my mind. He was more impressive than the mighty Faugheen that day. He has had a blip over fences but if he’s on his A game he has to be the one and his fencing debut was breathtaking.

Vautour – 1 point win.

World Hurdle
More competitive than usual but SAPHIR DU RHEU makes plenty of appeal. He fact that ST-D has chosen him over Zarkandar is significant and he’s open to any amount of improvement now returned to timber, over which he looked far happier the last day.

Saphir Du Rheu – 0.5 points each-way.

Cheltenham 2015 – Day Two

After a spellbinding first day on which Irish jockeys delivered a seven-race masterclass and Faugheen proved a worthy new Champion Hurdler, the second day of the Festival looks tough from a punting perspective.

At least we go into battle +3.75 points ahead after the successes of Faugheen and Glen’s Melody. I am settling at SP so many of you may well have obtained better prices on the exchanges or with BOG bookmakers. If so, your profits will be around the 5 point mark.

Queen Mother Champion Chase
The heart would love to see Sire De Grugy or Sprinter Sacre emerge victorious after well-documented problems but the head says otherwise.

Dodging Bullets
0.5 points each-way.

Champagne Fever
0.5 points each-way

Cross-Country Chase
I feel a hypocrite putting this bet up as I don’t believe this event has a place at the Festival but it is there and I feel Philip Hobbs has a decent shout of retaining his title as it were.

Duke Of Lucca
0.25 points each-way

Just a reminder that the sponsors are paying 6 places on the Coral Cup tomorrow. 

And so to Cheltenham

At least we are truly blessed in having the greatest four days of racing available to man to allow us to move on from England cricket. Too much has already been written and said about this year’s festival but suffice to say that I cannot remember approaching a festival with more anticipatory relish than this week’s offering.

So here, offered more in hope than confidence are bets for the opening day. All are worked on a 1-10 point range. For the purposes of what follows, I am working on a £20 per point strategy. Should you choose to take any note, please also include your own bets within your portfolio. This is a year in which anything could happen.

Supreme Novices
1.25 points win Jollyalan with Sky bet. Skybet will return all stakes if your horse loses.

1 point each-way Vibrato Valtat.

Champion Hurdle
If Jollyalan is beaten in the Supreme, place the 1.25 points returned on Faugheen.

Add a further 1.25 points to win for a total stake of 2.5 points.

If Jollyalan wins the Supreme, it’s just a straight 2.5 point win bet on Faugheen.

Mares Hurdle
½ point each-way Glen’s Melody

Farewell England

Notwithstanding an albeit diminishing element of patriotism, what a blessed relief to witness the elimination of England from the ICC Cricket World Cup. For a team allegedly provided with all the requisite tools to produce a quality performance in the competition, the actual delivery was worse than initially imaginable. It will be interesting to hear the explanation by the governing body of cricket in England and Wales as they were the body who reliably informed about the aforementioned tools being fully in place as part of our supposedly strong preparation.

That said, this is the same body that chose to reappoint the previously inept Peter Moores to the position of head coach. Listen to the management psychobabble of Moores and it doesn’t necessitate a startling leap of imagination to see why England have produced a string of witless, insipid, hapless performances leading to their hasty but deserved elimination. Strong words are required from the governors of our sport – but more importantly, so are words of utter honesty.