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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cheltenham Festival 2015

The Cheltenham Festival starts next Tuesday with four days of top-flight jumps racing. I checked wall-to-wall stats, trends, listened to trainers and jockeys to pick my selections only to watch them tumbling down at the first obstacle or maybe not ? Here is my bet bundle : The Festival is notorious for short priced favs coming unstuck, but it would be folly to leave the Willy Mullins trained DOUVAN ( Supreme Novices Hurdle ) and FAUGHEEN ( foto, Champion Hurdle ) unbacked. I put them into a double @ 5.50 ***WON. Gigginstown House Stud was the most successful owner at last years Festival and they arrive again with a very strong team with DON POLI ( National Hunt Chase ) NR and DON COSSACK ( RSA Chase ) NR the leading contenders, another double @ 20 ***LOST. Here is an each-way treble with runners, who should at least grab a place - MA FILLEULE ( Ryanair Chase ) 2nd, SAPHIR DU RHEU ( World Hurdle ) 2nd and VIBRATO VALTAT ( Arkle Chase ) UP@ 180 ***LOST. For the Gold Cup i swerved my old friend Silviniaco Conti, because his odds make no appeal whatsoever in this open looking race. Instead i have a tickle on HOLYWELL @ 11 ***4th. He is trained by Jonjo O´Neill, who is a master in getting his horses ready for the Festival. Off to Puerto Maldonado tonight.

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