Today’s Fortune for a fiver
6 50p doubles, 4 25p trebles & 50p ew acca
Rocku 1.55 @ 9/4
Legalized 2.35 @ 5/2
Sooqaan 1.45 @ 4/1
Spirit power 4.25 @ 4/1
Cheltenham- soft ground on this undulating, stiff and galloping track
1.30 PREMIUM RACE
2.10 PREMIUM RACE
2.50 PREMIUM RACE
3.30 The Champion Hurdle
The very wonderful Bouveir D’Air aims to be just the 6th horse in History to land the Champion Hurdle treble and you of course have to respect his chance as the ground has very much gone his way. He has looked back to his brilliant best of late and wont fail for effort. He has a stiff task conceding so much weight to a couple of wonder mares in laurina , who’s won her last 6 and today’s fav , the very excellent apple’s jade and I’m with her today due to a terrific race make up. She is versatile when it comes to ground and trip and of late has been front running at this trip and nothing has got near her. She is the only front runner and she’s gong to take a deal of reeling in if getting her own way up front, but even if something else decided to go with her, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
3/4pts Win apples Jade @ 2/1
4.10 The Mares hurdle
The willie Mullins stable has dominated this event over the years and their Number 1 in thus is benie des deaux, who won this last year , but hasn’t run for over a year, but that shouldn’t be looked upon as a negative. She goes for the 6 timer today but at the weights doesn’t have a great deal in hand. I like the look of her stable mate , Stormy Ireland who has a terrific race make up as the only front runner. She did well last time to give Wondermare laurina a good race and today’s softer ground and stiffer track, could make her hard to beat.
1/2pt ew Stormy Ireland @ 10/1
4.50 PREMIUM RACE
5.30 A massive field for this 4 mile chase and the $64,000 question is who will see this out the best as on deep ground, stamina is the only word that counts, and with so few ever venturing close to this distance, a modicum of guesswork has to applied.I’m with chef Des obeaux, who has always been held in high esteem by champion trainer nicky Henderson, but has rarely delivered. He comes here on a win, in a small field chase at Chepstow and looked cooked when is main rival kicked on into a clear lead, but once he hit the straight, he closed down the decent leader quickly and just pulled away, suggesting he us all about stamina, and at the odds, a very lively longshot.
½ pt ew Des De Obeaux @ 16/1
Selected southwell- all weather- fibresand
1,45 Not a deep opener and despite still being 3 pound above his last winning mark, track regular Sooqaan looks likely to be front rank as usual and hard to see what could pick him up.
1/2pt Win Sooqaan @ 4/1
2.25 This looks likely to be a battle between the 3 market leaders, the front running recent C&d winner Argus, another track winner in Earl of Bunnacorny and the consistent second Page who has good form over C&d and just comes out best at the weights.
1/4pt Win Second Page @ 7/2
3.05 Bayyquin did very well overcoming a wide draw to make all at Chelmsford City last time, but does have a penalty and is first time on the surface. The veteran Gentlemen comes here in good form and acts on the surface and the likely strong pace will bring his strong finish into play.
1/2pt Win Gentlemen @ 10/1
4.25 the inform Warriors valley goes well here but has a hefty penalty for a recent win and a high draw is often the place not to be here. Spirit power is only a pound higher for a recent C&d win and looks the best bet on the card.
3/4pt Win Spirit power @ 4/1
5.00 A weak finale with plenty with stamina to prove. Veteran Lean On Pete goes well here and his recent form over C&D has not been terrible, in fact good enough to make him a very exciting longshot
1/2pt ew Lean On Pete @ 20/1
Selected Sedgefield- very soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
1.55 This is incredibly weak and offers a terrific opportunity for Rocku , who has the best form nd also handles soft ground.
3/4pt Win Rocku @ 9/4
2.35 An odds on fav in Lady Cylla, who does have the best form but deep ground and this trip both unknowns and far from certain. Legalized is a much solid proposition in a weak race as she has good form over C&D in the mud.
3/4pt Win Legalized @ 5/2
Selected Wolver- all weather- tapeta
5.45lion heated has certainly been making hay rattling off a 4 timer , without being unduly pressed. Acid test for him today up in grade and up a stone, but you still couldn’t rule him out. This is not a deep race and the consistent Kadrizzi , is rarely far away, but remains hard to win with and best recent form is on polytrack. The well drawn saisons d’or has been going Ok at Newcastle , so the surface is fine and could shake up the fav.
1/4p ew saisons D’or @ 7/1
7.15 Camechess was well supported when winning at Newcastle, so the surface is fine , and can race off a 3 pound lower mark, so obvious claims from a good draw, but 6/4 too short.
7.45 with Caution is a perfect 2 from 2 , one of those coming over C&d , but does have a double penalty , so 5/4 not too appealing.
8.15 A weak finale and I’m having a dabble on the well handicapped Badenscloth , who shaped up better at Kempton last time and this surface will suit better.
1/4pt Win Badenscloth @ 15/2