Slightly quick on time immediately, so I am going to preserve this transient (I can hear your collective sigh of reduction from right here!)…
Yesterday – Mighty Man received the primary as anticipated, however I did not again it. I misplaced cash on State Of Play, as Unique Dancer proved himself a really excellent horse within the Betfair Bowl.
Katchit received as he happy, and I did again him however just for small cash. By the best way, did I point out I really like this horse?
Only one level of order right here: what the Dickens are the BBC doing using the abject buffoon who’s Jim McGrath to do the commentary?! Not solely did he name the foot good Katchit as making a foul blunder (then adopted it up by saying he jumped the subsequent significantly better) when it was blatantly obvious to anybody with even one partially functioning eyeball that it was Punjabi who made the ‘horlicks’; he additionally could not monitor a faller down for over a fence and, when he did, it was clearly a guess as he mentioned Locksmith fell, then known as him because the chief within the ultimate quarter mile.
Lastly, and this should absolutely haven’t been misplaced on the powers that be, of their first rehearsal for the Grand Nationwide, they had been utilizing 4 commentators (as they are going to be on Saturday). McGrath got here a distant fourth – tailed off – to this listener’s ear anyway, when pitched alongside the estimable race studying skills of Tony O’Hehir, my mate Ian ‘Barty’ Bartlett and one other chap whose identify escapes me, however who’s a fantastic up and comer who typically calls at Wolverhampton.
McGrath is an ignoramus. I by no means wish to hear of a horse ‘careering away’ once more in my life! (however I think I’ll have heard it twice extra earlier than the second race is over…)
Onwards, pricey reader… I obtained the Hunter Chase flawed, and am nonetheless ready to see the place mine end. Scots Gray regarded overwhelmed and rallied very properly: an actual deal with in case you backed it since you should have thought you’d misplaced your cash, solely to see him come again with admirable resolve.
The cash for Bambi De L’Orme within the antipenultimate (that is third final to you and me) was properly positioned, and he received properly. None of my money was on him.
Had an honest wager on Wins Now within the sixth race and reckon he would have received however for a horrible mistake on the final hurdle. McCoy shouldn’t be actually a person for the Pageant conferences it appears. A minimum of not after I again him…
TTS had the winner in Tidal Bay, and naturally my wager on the Bay was left second at Cheltenham. Bugger.
Within the final TTS had three non-qualifiers, because of the costs. Pity, as a result of Two Miles West received at 25/1 and Gods Token was second at 33/1. The exacta paid a piffling £3170.20! (Place lay of the day Laouen overwhelmed into fifth, so lay landed – simply!)
To immediately, and hopefully none of you might be triskaidekaphobic (afraid of the quantity 13 after all!)… No time for (additional) verbiage, so my placepot / win picks are as follows:
Race 1: Ungaro and Dom D’Orgeval
Race 2: Massini’s Maguire (a really robust horse to move!)
Race 3: Effectively Chief (totally different class, barring leaping errors… no cash down this time although!)
Race 4: Floor Ball, Umbrella Man, Danger Accessor, Hakim, and Le Volfoni
Race 5: Osana (tipped right here as an Aintree horse earlier than Cheltenham)
Race 6: Limerick Boy, Inexperienced Belt Flyer and Fundamentalist (place lay of the day: Copsale Lad.)
Race 7: One Gulp
Good luck in case you’re enjoying immediately…