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Cheltenham Festival: A Novice’s Glance At Day Four

March 16, 2012

The fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival is here, and personally, it will be a milestone. It will be the first time I work as an accredited journalist internationally. There is much more to come after this – next is the Dubai World Cup (hopefully), followed by the Grand National (definitely), followed by other meetings in Britain. But this will be the first experience.

I don’t know what to expect from Cheltenham – I’m obviously expecting a racecourse completely different to anything in Australia, with incredible undulations and a confusing structure. I’ve heard the atmosphere ranks up with any major meeting around the world. I know the Irish on track will be in a party mood already (when are they not, I guess) ahead of St Patrick’s Day tomorrow. And I know that the racing – big fields over jumps – will be unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

I’ve only been to two jumps racedays – both at the Warrnambool May Carnival last year. It was certainly sensational – Al Garhood winning again, with Banna Strand distressingly jumping into the crowd. But the jumps racing I saw is nothing compared to what I will witness today.

I’ve already written an article about the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where I go into a bit of depth about the history of the race. I won’t repeat it all here, but I will certainly say I’m cheering on Kauto Star in the feature! Click here to read that story.

Looking away from the Gold Cup, we’ve had a dreadful Festival on the punt so far. You can definitely tell I’m a novice! I think, ahead of next year, I’m hoping to actually study the races for weeks prior in order to progress from a novice to..a step above a novice, I guess.

Race 1, the 1:30, I’ve narrowed down to two horses – Grumeti and Balder Success. The latter seems to have plenty of scope for progression so I’m going to stick with him. $10 the win.

Race 2, the 2:05, I got a shock when I saw a familiar name here – Dirar, the winner of the 2010 Ebor. Certainly looks like he was not one of the Ebor winners to progress on the flat. I like the look of both him and Magnifique Etoile. $5 each way on both of them.

Race 3, the 2:40, looks a one horse race according to the punters. The one they want is Boston Bob. Reckon he is the one so I’m going to have $20 the win on him.

Race 5, the 4:00, is ultra competitive. I’m going for one at odds here. Roulez Cool is coming off a long, long break but he’s performed well in the past. He’s worth a nibble. $5 each way. Also interesting to note the number one saddlecloth will be carried by Barbers Shop, owned by Her Majesty The Queen.

Race 6, the 4:40, is named after the legendary trainer Martin Pipe. I’m hoping Martin’s son David can win the race with Street Entertainer. Has been looking for a firm track, gets it here, and if near best should go close. $10 the win.

Race 7, the final race of the Festival, looks a race for Eradicate. He carries the Alan Spence colours worn by Jukebox Jury in last year’s Melbourne Cup. He goes well on top of the ground and he has a little bit of class. $10 the win to end the carnival.

I shall update once I get out to Cheltenham, but for now, enjoy the day!!! May the luck of the Irish rain on you…hopefully!


Outlay – $50
Return – $0
Result – -$50
Overall Balance – -$107

Andrew’s bets:

1:30 – Balder Success ($10 win)
2:05 – Dirar, Magnifique Etoile ($5 each way x 2)
2:40 – Boston Bob ($20 win)
3:20 – Kauto Star ($10 win)
4:00 – Roulez Cool ($5 each way)
4:40 – Street Entertainer ($10 win)
5:15 – Eradicate ($10 win)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2012 10:14 pm

    not sure if they accept AUD on track mate, only these ever-devaluing pounds and euros!

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