Opportunity Knocks…Cheltenham Day 1
It’s here, Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2015 and it’s set to be a real test of the bookies resolve as they bid to grab the punters money whilst staring into the strongest book of favorites we have ever seen on an opening Festival salvo.
Douvan is possibly the nicest horse Willie Mullins has brought to Cheltenham, and he doesn’t mean he shares his oats with his stable mates, he means he expects him to do the business in the Supreme and start the ball rolling, not only for favourite backers but for the Mullins battalion that hold such strong hands for the day.
Un De Sceaux has possibly only to avoid a fall to collect the Arkle such was the impression he made when slamming two of the top novices in training, Clarcam and Gilgamboa, in his preparation for a first visit to Cheltenham. He could have been the Champion Hurdler had they brought him to the meeting last year and will be a seat of the pants ride for Ruby Walsh such is his tendency to not let a few fences slow him down from 5th gear all the way round.
Once we get to Faugheen and what looks an epic Champion Hurdle the first blows of magnitude will have been landed and more than likely by punter over bookmaker, should this unbeaten Champion Hurdle favourite remain that way then Annie Power will be lining up in the trenches to finish off the layers with a knock out blow in the Mares hurdle.
Chances are that they will not all win, Cheltenham has a habit of delivering twists that are beautifully unpredictable , the cases for them though are clear and if you want to take the plunge on a day of Mullins domination then 20/1 with our Festival betting partners at 888 may well appeal.
Another way to play them up is with the Tote who offer a Pick 4 guaranteed for 25,000 Euro which as we heard on RacingFM this week offers some interesting angles into the races on Tuesday especially. With a Handicap chase to solve as the stumbling block you could seek plenty of cover in that whilst napping the machine in the Arkle and going a horse or two deeper in the Supreme and Champion Hurdle.
I expect the Placepot and the Jackpot to be won on such days where the favorites are obvious but for them to pay really big dividends then it will take a Un De Sceuax and possible one of Douvan and Faugheen to fluff their lines.
It’s going to be a ride, bumpy at times, gloriously exciting for most of it and hopefully fair and rewarding for all that sail in the majestic Cheltenham Express, it will be the last time AP McCoy sits at the captains table so breathe it all in as deep as you can.
Good luck to all….
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