Our tweed is out and The Dapper Chapper is ready for another week at Cheltenham. Better still our tipster is back to help line your pockets with gold – as per last year for those who followed.
To give you some background, all the talk this year has been about the Irish invasion and Willie Mullins arriving at Cheltenham with a seriously strong squad. Mullins is tipped to make day one his own with Faugheen, Annie Power, Douvan, Don Poli & Un De Sceaux all on show and likely to start as favourites. Across the 14 grade on events Mullins should have nine favourites making him short money at 2/9 to finish as Top Trainer.
What do we think? Well I’m glad you asked….
13.30 Supreme Novices hurdle (grade 1)
Douvan will be the one to beat as the 2/1 favourite with Sky Bet but in a search for value Qewy could be worth an each‑way interest at 14-1. John Ferguson’s runner had a six-length winning margin in a novice hurdle at Newbury on Betfair day, and looked impressive.
Our Tip, however goes to 22-1 outsider, Seedling who is best priced with Bet Victor and is three from three for this trainer. Don’t be put off by the long odds, this looks a good each-way bet.
14.05 Arkle Trophy Chase (grade 1)
Sometimes it’s about picking your battles in life. Un De Sceaux is the odds-on favourite for the Arkle and we’ve got no plans whatsoever in taking it on. Mullins and Walsh team up once again and 888sport are best priced at 4/5.
15.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (grade 1)
This one is set to be a cracker with a host of top runners on show; Faugheen, Jezki, The New One & Hurraciane Fly all have decent claims.
Unbeaten Faugheen will start as the 11/10 favourite but will be taking on the big guns for the first time, whilst 2014 winner Jezki is at 5/1 but has been beaten already by Hurriciane Fly out (10/1) on their three meetings this year.
Our Tip, however, goes to The New One at 4/1 who was arguably unlucky not to win this last year and has remained unbeaten this year.
1600 OLGB Mares Hurdle
Quevega has famously dominated this race in recent years but now retired and made way for a ready-made predecessor in short priced favourite Annie Power 8/11. Walsh will ride Annie Power, who is the only runner in the race for us.
Finally, The Dapper Chapper, who sometimes can be guilty of betting with our hearts like the look of 12/1 shot, Perfect Gentleman in the 1640 because everyone likes a Perfect Gentleman, so keep an eye out for that one too.
If you still need to sort your Tweed for later in the week, pop down to Ray Ward
See you tomorrow.