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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cheltenham 2012, day two

Didn't make money at the first day of the festival although it wasn't a day for heavy punting so there wasn't too much damage done. I had a ton on Al Ferof but it was curtains for him when he jumped one of the fences too early and clocked it. It was then a case of cheering on Sprinter as I availed of the Paddy Power deal of getting your money back if that horse won. Thankfully for me, it did. Anyhow, looking forward to today's racing - I've a full article in the Irish Independent but here's my quick summary.

PS, today's trades are down below

A tough race to kick off the day. Good recent form is a plus for any horse, with seven of the last ten winners coming first or second last time out - but there are no stand out value bets here.
Simonsig ticks all the boxes at 9/4. A good point-to-pointer in Ireland, he’s proved very smart under rules. Henderson skipped yesterday’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in favour of this race and his rising star will take all the beating today.
Connections of Grands Crus made a difficult choice in swerving the Gold Cup for this race but the seven-year-old has a great future ahead and they are in no rush. Their choice of race can pay off and he’s the one to beat here, priced around 6/4.
A fascinating contest which includes 2010 winner Big Zeb and last year’s winner Sizing Europe. The latter horse will attract plenty of support but Finian’s Rainbow is on an upward curve and at 4/1 each-way, you can get your money back if he’s placed.
A tricky puzzle in which Balgarry is worth a punt at 8/1. The French import was very fluent when winning at Newbury a fortnight ago and just about slips in at the bottom of the weights under a penalty.
The 7/1 on offer about Kazlian is worth taking. David Pipe’s Sinndar gelding had a good flat season in France last season before impressing over timber since arriving in Britain late last year. One for the notebook.  
The Irish are losing their grip on this race and once again there are no real eye-catchers. Both Moscow Mannon and Royal Guardsman (both 7/1) have bright futures ahead and I’ll have both horses running for me as the curtain comes down on day two.  

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