Gold Cup

“Al Boum Photo would be the first since Best Mate to retain the crown and has certainly been campaigned in a similar way to the triple Gold Cup winner with just the one run in a race well below his grade, the Grade 3 Savills Chase at Tramore. He was magnificent in winning racing’s greatest prize at the age of seven and has potential to improve as he may not have peaked yet. The win was even more impressive given that he made a serious error at the penultimate fence1 point win @ 100/30” WON 100/30

Champion Hurdle

Sometimes we can be guilty of ignoring the obvious when it comes to punting and if Epatante repeats her performance in the Christmas Hurdle she should win… I’m prepared to forgive her run at the festival last year – 2 points win @ 3/1WON 2/1

Champion Chase

I think there could be some each-way value with Dynamite Dollars (25/1). Straight after the Game Spirit, Dynamite Dollars was 25/1 and Sceu Royal was 12’s which didn’t make any sense to me, if I could have got a match bet at that stage, I would be all-over DD to reverse the form at Cheltenham and the King horse is likely to skip the festival if the ground is soft anyway. The prices are more accurate now, if any of the top three don’t line-up or under-perform, I think the Nicholls horse is the best chance of an outsider hitting the frame – 25/1 each-way NRNB2nd 7/1

Grand Annual

In brief, with respect to favourite Greaneteen, Chosen Mate has to be the pick here after an impressive win last time out, form which has been franked and with the yard flying – 1 point win @ 6/1WON 7/2


As a result of Asterion Forlonge running badly in the Supreme there has been a big over-reaction in the market regarding Easywork…his form is good enough for him to have place claims in this and is worth a punt at the prices – Easywork – 0.5 point each-way in “w/o Envoi Allen” market @ 11/1 Bet365 (generally 25/1 in full market)” 2nd [to Envoi Allen] 12/1

Arkle Novice Chase

Put The Kettle On has an each-way squeak too based on her defeat of Al Dancer at the track in November, where she impressed with her jumping and she stays further than 2m which is a big advantage, as well as a 7lb mares’ allowance and she could out-run her price (18/1); I suggest small each-way play…WON 16/1


Wicklow Brave 2nd 28/1

Ch’tibello [2 point win nap] WON 12/1

Early Doors WON 5/1


Shantou Flyer 2nd 25/1

Rathvinden WON 9/2

Presenting Percy WON 5/2

Balko Des Flos WON 8/1

Barra 3rd 16/1

Footpad WON 5/6

Buveur D’Air – 5* bet WON 4/6

Samcro – 3* bet WON 8/11

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