Today is a big day for our Cheltenham handicaps hopefuls. I’ve 3 horses running today that I fancy at big prices in march and kind of hoping they won’t do something silly today and feck up marks and prices.
Chieftens Choice ran with great purpose in a decent race on his second last run at Doncaster in Heavy ground over this trip but ran far too free over a longer trip next time out and didn’t stay. This soft ground 2 miles should be right up his street if he doesn’t go mad in front early. He has a nice light weight for a front runner and it may be difficult for enough horse to pass him here to knock him out of the places making 40/1 here great value.
1 pt EW 40/1 VC/Ladbrokes
Non Runner Unfortunately after being backed into 16/1
The Giant Bolster is one of my favourite horses and although I’m kind of hoping he won’t go mad here and ruin his mark for a cut at the 3m mile handicap at the festival of a good mark. He has won this race on heavy ground in the past and was a real eye-catcher for me in the Hennessy when just getting tired near the end after a great spin. In fairness he will need a couple of these not to perform to get into the places but anything can happen in this ground and 50/1 is worth the risk fir a small min bet just in case.
½ Point EW 50/1 365/sky/sporting/888/hills ¼ with 365
Ran well to finish 4th and on my radar if he’s a big price for a festival handicap
I fancy Guitar Pete over fences in the Novice Handicap on day 1 of the festival at a big price hopefully, and I don’t know why he is here over 3 miles and hurdles but he is a class horse on his day and a grade 1 winner on heavy ground. Ill have a min bet at the 25/1 available without the fav from both Coral and Betfair just in case of the remote going through the TV if he runs well at a giant price
½ Point win 25/1 w/o FAV Coral / Betfair
Had a nice spin and travelled well for most of the race but will be much better suited to good ground and hopefully the novice handicap chase on day 1 of the festival
Just Cameron looked very good against Un Des Seaux at Punchestown last year and if we can forgive him his seasonal opener at Sandown when he got tired, he can get back to last season’s form here and be right in the firing line at a decent looking 10/1
1 Point win 10/1 Generally
Ran really well from the front and rallied to finish 2nd. I think he’ll be suited by both good ground and a fast run race. Queue the Grand Annual but he’d have to be a big price to interest me on that day