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Cheltenham Festival: A Novice’s Glance At Day Three

March 15, 2012

We are already into the second half of the Cheltenham Festival, and it has been harsh so far.

We had absolutely no success yesterday, so we are down $57 overall. Hopefully we can pick up today ahead of actually arriving on course tomorrow.

Today we could see the best story emerge from the whole Festival. It is in the feature, the Grade 1 World Hurdle over three miles. The favourite is Big Buck’s, who will be going for his 16th straight victory – but more importantly, it could be his fourth consecutive victory in the race. He is one of the few National Hunt horses I knew all about before I came here.

He has been winning in scintillating style this preparation including an 8L stroll in the Group 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. I must say, excited as I was that I would be at Cheltenham for the Gold Cup, I would have loved to get there for the World Hurdle just to see this record attempt! I can imagine the atmosphere now. Wow!

I won’t be betting in the race, as I’m hoping to see a win from grand old Big Buck’s.

Outside of the World Hurdle there looks to be a few competitive races, especially some of the handicaps. As there are six races on the card and we want to be in an okay position coming to tomorrow, I’m going to have a nibble in every race – bar the feature.

Race 1, the 1:30, is really open. I think I might have something small on Champion Court, who defeated today’s rival Solix last time out. He’ll be up on the pace, which seems to have been an advantage so far this carnival. $10 the win.

Race 2, the 2:05, is 13/2 the field. I’m struggling to differentiate but did receive a tip for Pineau de Re from someone who’s been doing much better than I have over the last few days. Worth a small wager each way.

Race 3 is the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase over 2m5f, or approximately 4200m. I hope it is a day of milestones, as I’m tipping Albertas Run to make it a hattrick of victories in this event. He seems to perform at his best at Cheltenham, with only two failures – one in the Gold Cup in 2009 and one in the Champion Bumper in 2006. I think he’s bigger than he should be. $10 the win.

Race 5, the 4:00, is another handicap. Niceonefrankie is down in the weights and seems to have good form for the weight he’s been allocated. He’s not at a big price so let’s have another $10 the win.

Last race today is the 4:40, a race for amateur riders. Interestingly, the Irish have not won this race since 1983, which is good because I’m not going for an Irish horse. Summery Justice has obviously got plenty of potential but he also looks to have a fair few problems. I’m taking the gamble that he’ll be near his best. $5 each way.

Happy punting today! I’ll post from Cheltenham tomorrow!


Outlay – $50
Return – $0
Result – -$50
Overall Balance – -$57

Andrew’s bets:

1:30 – Champion Court ($10 win)
2:05 – Pineau de Re ($5 each way)
2:40 – Albertas Run ($10 win)
4:00 – Niceonefrankie ($10 win)
4:40 – Summery Justice ($5 each way)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2012 11:32 am

    not a very good day so far but i think today some can recover especially on 1.30 Triumph Hurdle – Shadow Catcher 12/1.interesting runner who was useful on flat and you feel has a lot more potential to give over hurdles..hopefully it will give punters more cash.thansk for this post.

  2. March 16, 2012 12:44 pm

    absolutely looking forward for Kauto Star 3.20 Gold Cup.i hope this time we will going home with lots of cash on pocket.thanks for this post.

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