Put on your best tweed jacket, dust off those binoculars and get ready to join us as we go in search of a few worldie winners on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Admittedly, you don’t have to get all dressed up in the traditional Prestbury Park garb and head to Gloucestershire to enjoy a piece of the action.
This Longshot Lucky 15 should be enough to get you in the mood and we’re feeling pretty confident about the prospect of building a tidy war chest off the back of placing this multiple.
Here’s our quartet with each selection accompanied by incredibly persuasive arguments. Sort of.
Back these each-way and check back tomorrow for more…
13:30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Tombstone
Gordon Elliot and the Tombstone camp aren’t afraid of Supreme hotpot Min and neither are we. The Gigginstown charge looks super each-way value at around the 14/1 mark.
Having won three of his first four races the six-year-old has since found himself the runner-up in a couple of Grade 1 contests at Leopardstown, including the Deloitte Novice Hurdle last time out.
A first-time hood had him switched-on for that most recent run and there was certainly no disgrace in defeat, especially given the fact that the odds-on jolly Bellshill could only finish 15 lengths behind our selection here.
14:10 – Arkle Chase – The Game Changer
Different race but we’re plumping for another Gigginstown outsider to at least bag some place money.
The Game Changer has shown he’s got speed and stamina in abundance over fences and should be fresh having not been seen since last October.
Conditions should suit and we can’t wait to see him stalk the leaders before taking a dramatic last-ditch victory. We live in hope and this guy can deliver.
15:30 – Champion Hurdle – Identity Thief
There’s a familiar theme developing here but hopefully the same result. Granted, Identity Thief faces a big ask here but his potential for further improvement is undeniable.
Henry De Bromhead’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner needs to reverse the Ryanair Hurdle placings with Nichols Canyon AND overcome Annie Power.
But he’s shown enough in a relatively short career so far to suggest that taking this most prestigious of hurdling prizes isn’t beyond him.
16:10 – Mares’ Hurdle – Polly Peachum
Glens Melody did the business for us in this contest last year (albeit rather fortuitously) and now it’s the turn of Polly Peachum to upset the applecart.
The all-conquering Vroum Vroum Mag is an unquestionably worthy favourite but Nicky Henderson’s mare can run her close, if not go the whole hog and produce what would be an incredible performance to take the spoils.
She’s game enough and the ground will be no issue. With a bit of luck the eight-year-old will go all the way. If not, her each-way claims are obvious.
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