Diakali really shouldn’t beat Our Conor today, but the way he put his head down behind him last time out gave me the impression that he would be better at Cheltenham. The hill and fast pace should suit him and he looks decent value at 14/1 today,. The ground could get soft by the time fo the race today and that should also suit him better.
1 Point win 14/1
Ante Post Hunters Chase
Chapoturgeon @ 5/1 I’m still happy with this bet and he is my nap of the meeting. Im hoping he can improve past Salsify today with a better ride. He has a touch of class and has been aimed at this all year.
2 Points win 5/1 Antepost (9/2 still available)
I’m not all that convinced that the new generation of horses are up to the mark this year. There doesn’t look to be a lot between them, and Bobs Worth who looks to be the best of them hasn’t had enough runs this year, and also looks too short. I think Long Run is sure to run better this year than last and the prospect of softer ground for the race will do nothing but improve his chances. He is 11/2 at the moment and that looks worthy of a 2 point bet
2 Points win 6/1 Paddy Power
Ante Post Grand Annual
French Opera looks the best of the Nicky Henderson Charges that he is sending out to win his father’s race. He is down to a very decent mark, off which he has been second in this race before. He is probably the class horse of the field and has been waiting for decent ground after a somewhat disappointing season so far with only 2 runs. I’m hoping he has been prepared for this race given his decent mark and 20/1 NRNB could look good value on the day.
1 Point win 20/1 NRNB Various Grand Annual
Oiseau de Nuit, is one of my favourite horses, unsurprisingly as he won this for me 2 years ago at 50/1. He has a few bad runs of soft ground this year, but his seasonal opener of 1 lb lower than today was a great performance in winning easily by 10 lengths from Kumbeshwar. He looks to be underestimated here again ad is available at a huge looking 44 on betfair.
1 Point win 1 Point Place Betfair 44/9
2:05 County Hurdle
Hisaabaat stormed up the hill last year in a very good Triumph and even though he has been poor enough this year so far, the trainer would not be sending him here without expected improvement. He represents the class form in the race along with scope for improvement and 25/1 EW with 5 places looks great value.
1 Point EW 25/1 5 places Various
Ronaldo Des Mottes is a gut feeling selection here. He came back after a long layoff on soft ground in Sandown to run a nice race and finish 4th. Although he was poor next time out he does have the capability of getting involved here at a huge price, and if he can reproduce just failing to give Get me out of Here 7lbs a a couple of years ago in the Totesport Hurdle. He with a small risk at 40/1 ew.
1 Point EW 40/1 5 Places Various
4:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Double Ross has been running well this year, has great course form and I think his run style is suited to this race. He looks to have a great chance of placing at least and 25/1 looks value. The Stable has hit form in no uncertain terms and he will go on softer ground if it rains today.
1 Point EW 25/1 Boyles BetVictor
Ma Filleule has some great form last time out beating Swincombe Flame, and looks to have been given a very decent chance by the handicapper. The step up n trip looks sure to suit and 10/1 looks value. I wouldn’t be surprised if she went of 3-4 points less than this.
1 Point win 10/1 Various