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.

Arkle
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