Well so close to a nice each way landing with Bachasson finishing in 6th, just missing out at 25/1. The big disappointment has to be in DEFI DU SEUIL though, the odds on him had already taken a battering with Altior and then Chacun Pour Soi being withdrawn, the two main competitors, it should have left it as an open goal for Defi, but he never travelled in the race and was being pushed along way out. It was a huge disappointment and far from what I expected.
Onto Thursday and it is probably my least favourite day over the years, with plenty of big fields, it is a day for the bookies and not the punter. However I have a couple I really like today.
1:30 Marsh Novices Chase – 2m 3f
A decent renewal with some top Novice Chasers involved including Itchy Feet and “the machine” Faugheen who is now 12yrs old but still got plenty of class and found a new lease of life over fences. However, my bet is going to be on SAMCRO at 5/1 who is a class act and despite losing to Faugheen, has had another wind operation to help him finish off his races. He could take all the beating here.
RP TIP: 2pts each way at 5/1
3:30 Stayers’ Hurdle – 2m 7f
I am a massive Paisley Park fan and can see why he is such a short priced favourite, but I can not take the price and would rather oppose with an old friend of mine SUMMERVILLE BOY, who won the Supreme Novice Hurdle for me in 2018 and has started to look like he is back in that sort of form this year with a nice win here in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day followed by a battling performance to chase home Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle. He loves Cheltenham and at 9/1 he is the bet for me in the race.
RP TIP: 1pt each way at 9/1