The Cheltenham Trail, winners at 12/1, 9/1, 8/1 twice and many more

January 22th, 2019

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It culminated in a very successful Cheltenham Festival in 2015 and you can read the diary of that year here

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Already winners at 12/1, 9/1, 8/1 twice and many more...

His insights this NH season have been amazing with winners in the big races every weekend and you can read all the snippets from mid-December to mid-January after the offer below.


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There will be Andy's in depth previews chosen from a list including 12.40 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2), 14.25 Betbright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2), 15.00 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2), 15.35 Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2), 13.30 Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) and 14.05 Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2).

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Sat 12th January

13:50 Warwick - I would be more interested in having a small bet on OK Corral to win the National Hunt Chase at 8/1 than I would be in betting him here at short odds (was 7/4 at the time of writing). After all he could run well in defeat here and still keep his festival hopes alive.
OK Corral won @ 11/4 and was cut to 4/1 for the National Hunt Chase

14:05 Kempton - I really like Top Notch in these small field chases on a sound surface. I think Charbel will have to improve to beat him. I do not think the market offers much opportunity here. Perhaps backing each of the two favourites to beat Black Corton in two SFC's would be a possible route to take.
Top Notch won @ 6/4 beating Black Corton into 2nd

15:45 Kempton - I suspect Oakley is well in and I was hoping for an each way price. 7/2 is borderline and might lend itself more to a couple of small each way doubles for me. I like his claims, and, at the same time, I doubt his current odds allow for the possibility that his inexperience will find him out.
Oakley won @ 9/2

Tuesday 1st January

13:25 Cheltenham - I thought Lostintranslation had the best form on offer here. I have had a small win bet on him.  He has proved himself to be close to the level of La Bague Au Roi which puts him at the top of this field. That said novice chase form by definition is less substantial than the reliability of form involving more seasoned horses - hence the small win bet.
Lostintranslation won @ 3/1

13:50 Exeter - At around 100/30 I will probably play Greaneteen in one or two small each way doubles with a couple of my fancies from Cheltenham.
Greaneteen won @ 3/1

15:10 Cheltenham - The other possibilities I considered were: A simple win only bet on the favourite. A reverse forecast on Wholestone and Old Guard.  At current odds the price for the two bets combined comes out at close to 11/4 on Bet365 fixed odds. (Example: £119 at 6.2 and £81 at 9.09). 
Wholestone and Old Guard finish 2nd and 3rd

Saturday 29th December 

14:25 Newbury - I am keen on this horse when he gets to compete on good to soft ground or quicker. I think it is borderline today so I will keep an eye on the early times.
Carole's Destrier won @ 12/1

15:00 Newbury - I am happy to leave him alone at 11/10 to win the Challow Hurdle and have preferred to take a chance with a small win bet on Champ for the Ballymore Hurdle at 10/1.  If it goes wrong for him today I will have lost a small stake; whereas if he wins well I will have the option of trading out of my ante-post bet straight away if I so wish.
Champ won at evens and is now 4/1 for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

Thursday 27th December

13:35 Chepstow - I know the Nicky Henderson juvenile looked very impressive at Market Rasen; nonetheless, the Nicholls horse is a very professional juvenile and will be tough to peg back. I think that Quel D'Estin is overpriced at 11/4 and is worth considering at least as a back to lay proposition. 
Quel D'Estins won @ 7/4

14:50 Chepstow - My two horses for the Welsh National at the start of this season were Ms Parfois and Ballyoptic.  I was really disappointed when the former was pulled out and, although, I believe Ballyoptic has his optimum conditions today, I doubt I will get too involved given his big weight in such a tough race. I would have been more comfortable having him as my second selection if the mare had taken her place in the line-up.  I may decide to play him very small on the exchanges assuming he is 20/1+ by then.
Ballyoptic finished 6th @ 20/1

Wednesday 26th December

13:55 Kempton - Personally, I would prefer to have both Bags Groove and La Bague Au Roi on my side rather than take a chance on the 6/4 favourite.
La Bague Au Roi won @ 8/1

Saturday 22nd December

13:50 Ascot - I thought Hell's Kitchen and Magic Saint looked an interesting pair at 4/1 and 6/1 to use as a duo for each way multiple purposes.
Hells Kitchen won @ 5/1

14:25 Ascot - By a process of elimination I thought that Agrapart and Paisley Park were the two interesting horses in the line-up. I am far from certain that Paisley Park will prove up to this level; I do believe, however, that he is the only horse taking his chance that I would describe as being overpriced. He is available at double figure odds and has a decent chance of running on strongly at the death and finishing in the first few places.
Paisley Park won @ 8/1

Saturday 15th December

13:35 Doncaster - The December Novices' Chase does appear to be a straightforward affair to assess. All four runners have gone from the front before; however, I strongly suspect that the favourite Rocky's Treasure will take them along here. If the rain stays away, he will be a very difficult horse to catch.
Rocky's Treasure won @ 11/8

Friday 14th December

14:30 Cheltenham - I can see Cogry enjoying a much easier passage round compared with on his previous outing when taken on by Coneygree.  As a consequence I suspect he is over priced at a generally available 11/1. If he is the one for you I would suggest that a very simple back to lay would be the way to go as he appears all set for a relatively easy lead.
Cogry won @ 9/1