Exciting times with the Cheltenham Festival handicap entries having been made and we’ve one earmarked for a particular race that will most definitely be advised as a bet as soon as it’s priced up by our friendly chaps the bookmakers.
Whilst we’ve done superbly well at Cheltenham year on year, it’s the handicaps where we’ve found a number of gems at recent Festivals and we’re confident we’ve found another…
We’ll keep you posted!!
Update: The bookmakers have finally priced up the horse we want to be with following the publishing of the handicap weights… Members will be advised of the bet this evening (28th February) – Generally a 20/1 chance, you don’t want to miss out, so join today!!
Previous Handicap Gems:
Road To Respect – WON 14/1
Road To Respect has been contesting some really good chases this season, finishing behind Min, where he had Tully East who won a handicap for us on Tuesday well behind. He’ll really appreciate this better ground and very much caught the eye last time when staying on strongly behind Acapella Bourgeois who’d been given a very easy lead. He pulled well clear of the rest of the field that day, and dropping into handicap company can be expected to be right in the mix here. We’d suggest a saver on Both Diamond King and Bouvreuil who both looked fairly handicapped and are sure to go close.
Tully East – WON 8/1 (Adv 12/1)
Loads of respect for Foxtail Hill who’s worth a small saver, and one we’d almost split stakes with if the stable were in better form; therefore our main bet is from a very small but shrewd stable who looked to have laid this chap out all season. He ran an absolute blinder in the martin Pipe Hurdle last season, behind Ibis Du Rheu, looking the likely winner turning for home and quickening clear, but just got out stayed by a couple close home, where the omission of the final hurdle turned the race into a real stamina test. If the final flight had been jumped, we feel this chap would probably have won. Due to his well placing this season, having won his maiden chase, then shown promise when out classed by the likes of Min, he races off a mark 2 lbs lower than last season; a huge run is expected.
2.05 Cheltenham – Superb Story – WON 8/1
We’ve been waiting for Superb Story to run again ever since he’s excellent run in the Greatwood when 2nd to Old Guard, where they pulled clear of the field. Old Guard progressed all season and is rated considerably higher now. Superb Story has been saved for this to look after his handicap mark, had previously won on good ground, has everything in his favour and is sure to run a huge race.
Cheltenham 4.50 – Diego Du Charmil – WON 13/2
A complete dark horse, making his UK debut, but the stable won the Coral Cup last year with a UK debutant and the vibes surrounding this son of Ballingary indicate a massive run is expected. His work is reportedly as good as any juvenile hurdler the stable have at home, so a mark of 134 is being exploited here, rather than aiming him at the Triumph Hurdle. Clearly a competitive but he’s very much expected to prove himself a nice sort for the future.
Cheltenham 4.40 – Cause of Cause – WON 8/1
The Festival has very much been the aimed all season for this chap, as it was last season where but for a blunder at the last fence he’d have won the Amateur Riders Chase for sure. A light campaign again, just 6lbs higher than last season, he’s set for another massive run. Plenty of respect for Very Wood who won for us at 33/1 last year, but Cause of Causes just preferred.