Cheltenham (Day 4)

Good morning all,

Nearly had the lot with Lil Rockerfeller yesterday but the brave old soldier, having fought the attentions of Unowhatimeanharry off, found Ruby Walsh and Nichols Canyon one challenger too much and he fell on his sword with a gallant second. A good mention for Domesday Book too, who stayed the trip really well, ensured it was a better day than the previous two.

I’ll be easing back a bit today as I’ve already backed Defi Du Seuil and a few small multiples looks the order of the day.

Tomorrow, I’ll just be taking a look at the Midlands Grand National – I’m sure you’ll excuse me not doing the full Saturday card just for one week! Continue Reading

Cheltenham (Day 3)

Good morning all,

Only the odd good place has stopped me from sinking these last two days, and plenty that I’ve fancied have disappeared without trace! On the plus side, a 33-1 winner yesterday means that unless there’s a 50-1 winner or bigger one of my “novelty” bets will cop, and there’s still two days to turn it around. The one decent ante-post bet I have left – Defi Du Deuil at 12-1 – may yet save the day.

Today, please note that Simon Claisse has put 10mm of water down on the course overnight, and I think that could well have an effect, so tread carefully and if you can hold off on your bets until after the first, then I would do so.

It was 14-1 that Willie Mullins wouldn’t have a winner first two days of the Festival (seems a bit skinny, even in retrospect) but he hasn’t lost his sense of humour. My friend Becky is on official photographer duties at Cheltenham, taking photos of best turned out’s, and one of his horses won one yesterday. All the team are gathered together for the photos, so Becky asked him to be in the shot. “Oh, that’s nice, ” he quipped, “is that because Cheltenham don’t want me to go home empty handed?”

Here’s Day 3.

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Cheltenham (Day 2)

Good morning all,

Day 1 was a bit in and out from a punting point of view, it’s fair to say – it started off well enough with Labaik but rather went downhill from there. Charbel falling didn’t help (would he have given Altior a race? I think he might…) and my 2 place lays of the New One and My Tent Or Yours in the Champion Hurdle effectively cancelled each other out. A Good Skin and It’safreebie didn’t do anything and Limini couldn’t get the trixie off to a flyer either, although all credit to the gallant Apple’s Jade there.

Day 2 looks like a day for some e/w multi’s, with God’s Own the cornerstone of them. Here’s my thoughts.

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Cheltenham (Day 1)

Good morning all,

Well. here we go. The talking (thankfully) stops and the action begins. I shall say no more, other that to offer this piece of advice – don’t be scared to pepper a bit about on a few horses in the handicaps. This is one of the few times of the year you get to back quality horses at big prices. Don’t be put off because it’s 33’s – it’s still a good horse.

Plenty to read through this morning – I am hoping I can do similar throughout the week but my workload at the course will dictate how much time I get each day! Please do follow the Radio Winchcombe Facebook page – we’ll be live at 10.30 each morning and also the @radiowinchcombe Twitter feed, I’ll be Tweeting throughout the afternoon, including some audio stuff, along with Cathryn, and I’ll be including paddock picks and negatives as well.

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