Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cheltenham Day 2



Not a brilliant day for my write ups yesterday - but I think a lot of other people were in the same boat.
I did highlight Tiger Roll had a good ew chance and that the Irish would fill the frame in the Mares Hurdle. Two or Three of mine tanked down the hill only to run out of steam when it mattered and I will be doing a review of the results when the week is over.

Yesterday a few trainers dominated - namely Elliott and Henderson as nobody else really came close apart from Willie Mullins who had two seconds and two thirds from 11 runners.

I have done a list below of some of the trainers day 1 fortunes:

Elliott - 13911
Henderson - 36112972P
Mullins - 2500448233P
King - 789676P6
Twiston Davies - 4590FP
De Bromhead - 836P38FP
Pipe - 1PPP
Mullholland - 674B
Nicholls - F4
Jefferson - 209
George - 206
V. Williams - UF
Kim Bailey - F
Tizzard - 08PP
Pauling - 97
Curtis - P7
Greatrex - 2
Fleming - 1
Skelton - 93P

Obviously it was just the first day but I think some of the top trainers would have been hoping for some better results than they got.

Onto today:

1.30 - I think Neon Wolf is a worthy fav here and he will take some beating - could be the Altior today! However there are a few for the places that could go well at decent odds. Willoughby Court is held in high regard by Ben Pauling and should outrun his odds as could Willie Mullins second string here Kemboy. You shouldn't overlook the Elliott and Henderson stables too who did so well yesterday and have their horses bouncing! It should be a cracking race though and one worth watching several times over when the dust settles.

2.10 - The RSA looks a strong one and Whisper seems to be on everyone's lips and with Davy Russell up he has every chance of being another Henderson winner who also has Might Bite and O O Seven. I liked the look of Heron Heights when he won here in October but I'm not sure this was the right choice of race and maybe he'd have been better in a handicap. Mouse Morris doesn't run anything unless it has a real chance so Alpha Des Obeaux should be at the top of anyone's thoughts and must be in any exacta/trifecta.

2.50 The Coral Cup has 26 runners all coming to win - with several laid out to win all season it's wide open and with the weights covering a stone and six pounds there's room for improvement. The Irish handicap hurdlers do better at Cheltenham than their handicap chasers so this could be another to go over the water and probably best to start with the trainer of the moment and last years winner Gordon Elliott who has the fav in Tombstone - plus Automated and Carrig Cathal. Hargam has cheekpieces on for the first time and has dropped like a lead balloon in the ratings - but he's still only had 14 starts and if the headgear worked could be thrown in for the Henderson/McManus team. Peregrine Run beat Wholestone and West Approach here in November over the distance and he gets his ground again. Tim Easterby is a shrewd operator and he brings Hawk High to the table and he's a previous festival winner so could easily outrun his odds of 40/1.

3.30 The Queen Mother has little depth beyond Douvan and unless he falls we know the result.

4.10 I'm not Cross Country form follower but I did get 8/1 about Cantlow earlier this year so I'm with that!

4.50 The Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle usually throws up some horses to follow so is one to be rewatched later in the month. However Paul Nicholls has a good record in the race as he targets this contest and Dreamcatching probably is the best of his two and Stan Sheppard makes him even more favourably handicapped wit his 5lb claim! Again after yesterday you have to look at the likes of Henderson and Elliot who both have runners here.

5.30 The final race of the day is the Champion Bumper which I have done reasonably well in previously. For me its always down to the times of races that the contenders have previously run and what pace they have shown at the business end as it's usually a sprint around the home turn onwards. I would be looking at the likes of Debuchet, Western Ryder, Irish Roe and Bakmaj. Kim Bailey puts cheekpieces on Robin The Raven and they may set him alight too!

No selections from me-just enjoy the days racing and Good Luck!

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