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Thursday, March 17, 2011


For the second year running, Big Buck's saved my bacon at the Cheltenham Festival. I had my biggest bet of the Festival on him  and if he had lost, it would have been absolute curtains for me as I've had a torrid time and plenty of bad luck. Was unlucky with Wishful Thinking today in the first, he hit 1/3 in running but got beat. But sin é. I had hoped to get some trading done during the day but I got caught up with writing work.

Happy St Patrick's Day to one and all.

Tomorrow's race-by-race guide for the Indo:

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is open to four-year-old novices only so it can be a bit of a scrum at the start as the inexperienced horses jostle for position. Sam Winner can be forgiven for his odds-on defeat at Chepstow last time because of the ground, and 6/1 looks big.
Alarazi will pick up a £75,000 bonus from Paddy Power if he wins any race at Cheltenham following victory in the Imperial Cup on Saturday. He ran well at this course before, and looks well treated under a 5lb penalty.
Did you know that Albert Bartlett is Britain's leading grower and packer of potatoes? I didn’t either until I looked him up on the Interweb! Anyhow, the race they sponsor is an exhausting test for staying hurdlers and it takes a tough sort to win. Bobs Worth has been powering home over shorter distances and should appreciate the step up to three miles.
The last time a horse over the age of ten won the Gold Cup, Peter Sarstedt was singing “
Where do you go to my lovely” in the charts. Yes, it’s was 1969 when What A Myth won at the age of twelve but Denman may be able to take it this year at the grand old age of eleven. He deserves huge credit for managing third place in the Hennessy considering he was giving some two stone two the field. It’s his last crack at this and 6/1 is a great each-way price.
Last year’s winner Baby Run is the one to beat. He’s a fine jumper and seems to be improving with age. Enda Bolger’s On The Fringe will give him the most to worry about.
Another one of the newer races, the first two runnings have gone to outsiders. Only 14lbs cover the field and this looks extremely tricky for punters. My money will stay safe in the wallet.
It may be the ‘great get-out stakes’ but the last race of the Festival is not one for heavy punting. Nicky Henderson’s Anquetta is a smart, lightly raced sort and will be suited by the stiff two-mile distance.

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