Well Day 3 was Rachael Blackmore day. What an incredible jockey she really is.
We hit the post with Fusil Raffles, but the talking point has to be Jack Kennedy and Envoi Allen. It seems like every year a hot favourite falls, and devastates many.
I managed to get Milliner at a cracking price on Tuesday, and he snatched 4th in the second race. Annoying we can’t get many winners, but the money for places is rolling in.
Dashel Drasher was a non runner in the Ryanair Chase, so we switched Imperial Aura to an each way shot at 8/1, who never got into the race. Allaho completely destroyed the field.
Flooring Porter gave us our first winner of the day, winning at a massive 12/1! He led them a merry dance from the front, and won nicely in the end.
Farclas gave us another second, but was no match for the winner who was set up to win the race, landing a £100,000 bonus.
We were very close to having a really good day, but so many places instead of winners cost us. Mighty Blue came 3rd at 12/1 giving us yet another near miss. It’s profit but a bit unlucky.
We finished the day off with Mount Ida winning the last. I backed this at a whopping 8/1 yesterday, so finally had a really good day today!
1.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
A tough start to the final day of the festival, with 4 unbeaten horses.
Tritonic was a very good flat horse, and he’s proved that he’s got potential to be an even better National Hunt horse. The way he won last time out was extremely impressive, and it’s hard to look past him.
Quilixios is another like Tritonic who’s looked very impressive over his 4 starts, including a grade 1 win last time out, doing it very easily.
It’s hard to choose between these two, so we’ll go for a reverse forecast here, and leave the singles well alone.
REVERSE FORECAST – QUILIXIOS / TRITONIC
1.55 – County Handicap Hurdle
Another wide open handicap, but thankfully this means 7 places for us.
Willie Mullins ran the favourite Ganapathi in a grade 1 last time out, so he obviously thinks highly of his gelding.
Third Time Lucky came 4th in last years Champion Bumper, and we all know how that form has turned out, so I’d not have him far away.
The unexposed Champagne Gold should also go well for the in-form Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead.
Gowel Road is another going the right way, and another I’d fancy.
EW – GOWEL ROAD – 20/1
EW – THIRD TIME LUCKY – 14/1
2.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Another wide open affair, with the Irish leading the market again.
A case can be made for most of these, as per any Grade 1. Alaphilippe demolished the field last time out at Haydock, and at the prices I think he’s an excellent bet.
Adrimel’s only defeat came in last years Champion Bumper, and again at the price I think is a fantastic each way gamble.
EW – ALAPHILIPPE – 10/1
EW – ADRIMEL – 12/1
3.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
Arguably the biggest race of the week comes in the form of the Gold Cup.
Al Boum Photo goes for a hat-trick in the race, and it’s hard to see past him.
Champ needs to improve on his jumping, but if he can brush that up slightly, should go very close with his excellent attitude and tank.
At a price, the gutsy Frodon could go well for long time partner Bryony Frost, and it’s likely the last time we will see Native River at Cheltenham.
WIN – AL BOUM PHOTO – 3/1
EW – FRODON – 14/1
3.40 – Challenge Cup Hunters Chase
One of my favourite races of the week comes in the form of the Hunters Chase.
I really like the Paul Nicholls horse Bob And Co. He destroyed the field last time out at Haydock last month, and performed like a good thing.
At a slightly higher price, Mr Mantilla is an interesting one. He’s joined a new yard after being extremely progressive in Ireland, and could be anything.
WIN – BOB AND CO – 5/1
EW – MR MANTILLA – 28/1
4.15 – Paddy Power Mares Chase
The Irish domination looks set to continue with them having the top 6 in the market, and Willie Mullins holding an exceptional hand here.
Elimay looks a standout to me, having come second to yesterday’s winner Allaho two runs back, and the form of that race looks rock solid. She’s currently evens, and I think that’s a good enough price here.
Mullins’ other charge, Colreevy is a grade 1 winner last year, and won a grade 2 very easily last time out. A Mullins 1-2 really wouldn’t surprise me at all here.
REVERSE FORECAST – ELIMAY / COLREEVY
4.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap
We made it to the final race of the week. Hopefully you’ve all won a lot of money!
As per normal, you’ll be able to get many places in this race, which is needed.
Langer Dan won the Imperial Cup when last seen at Sandown a week ago, and looks to have the most solid form.
Fire Attack is an interesting one, who needs a bit more of a pace than he’s been getting lately, and needs a good look at.
At a massive price, I’m going for the unexposed Martinhal for the David Pipe team. I just feel this horse could be anything, and currently 33/1.
EW – LANGER DAN – 6/1
EW – FIRE ATTACK – 12/1
EW – MARTINHAL – 33/1
And just like that, another Cheltenham is done and dusted!
It’s been an exceptional week, and a well needed week of positives for the sport.
Hope you all had a lucky week, and roll on Cheltenham 2022 with crowds back!