Starting today and running each Sunday until the Festival I will be highlighting some multiple bets culminating with the much anticipated £million Lucky 15
21st FEBRUARY - 6 of the Best bets for Cheltenham
For the second multiple bet I've picked 6 fancied horses at Cheltenham to make up a win Lucky 63....
APPRECIATE IT 6/4 (Supreme Novices) - Runner up as favourite in last years Champion Bumper he's a perfect 3 from 3 over hurdles this season and has won his last two races both in Grade 1 company. He stayed on strongly to land the odds from Ballyadam last time out at the DRF and it's hard to find a runner in the Supreme Novices that can match his level of form.
ENERGUMENE 9/4 (Arkle) - It's billed as a Shishkin vs Energumene head to head with the former a shade of odds on to beat his Irish counter part but I think Willie Mullins horse has been the more impressive and has achieved more in his three wins than the Henderson horse. Shishkin has won his three races at 1/6, 1/3 and 1/7 and the highest rated horse he's beat was rated 151 (Gumball!). While others were throwing superlatives around as Shishkin thrashed 149 rated Eldorado Allen in a weak Grade 2 I wasn't quite as impressed as he jumped right and had to be shaken up on a couple of occasions to quicken away from a rival who hasn't improved since his lucky Grade 2 win at Cheltenham. Energumene on the other hand beat a Grade 1 winning stablemate in a solid Grade 1 race at the DRF and looked to have even more in hand.
CHACUN POUR SOI 4/6 (Champion Chase) - As one by one of the fancied Champion Chase runners fall by the wayside Chacun Pour Soi continues his rise up the ratings with performances out of the top draw. His last two wins at Leopardstown at Christmas and the DRF were of the highest order and, bar a late injury scare, it's difficult to see where the main challenge now comes from.
MONKFISH 8/11 (Browns Advisory Chase) - Monkfish was a very game winner of the Albert Bartlett from Latest Exhibition last year and is an unbeaten 3 from 3 over fences this Season including easily beating that rival again in Grade 1 chases on their last two starts. Both of those races are big pointers to the Festival Chase and with a bomb proof trends profile Monkfish looks a very worthy favourite.
KILCRUIT 13/8 (Champion Bumper) - The easiest winner I've seen this Season and despite his critics saying the race at the DRF fell apart allowing him an easy victory he still beat the same rivals Sir Gerhard has beaten but by much bigger margins. With Eileendover looking more and more likely to miss the race he's the one they have to beat.
ENVOI ALLEN 4/5 (Marsh Novice Chase) - Envoi Allen is unbeaten in 11 races, won the Champion Bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore Novice Hurdle in 2020 and has won all three of his chase starts including the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase last November. On his last start he gave 11lb to all his rivals and came home an easy winner in a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown and it's easy to see why he's such a short priced favourite.
£1 Lucky 63
(Odds shown are with PaddyPower (NRNB) and are correct as of 9am 21/2/21)
The 28 Days of February
Throughout this month I'm previewing the Cheltenham Festival one race, one day at a time to give an ante-post selection. I'm now into the final week and you can read any you may have missed here
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TRENDS SERVICE 2021
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-Trends Guides for all 28 races
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-Selections and Ratings for each race
14th FEBRUARY - My best 4 bets for Cheltenham
I'm going to start the multiple bets weekly feature with a Lucky 15 containing my best (currently) four bets for Cheltenham...
BOB OLINGER 4/1 (Ballymore Hurdle) - He got beat on his hurdles debut by last years Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow but learnt from the experience to win next time out before scoring easily in a Grade 1 last time out at Naas. That race has been a good pointer to the Ballymore over the years and the horse he beat that day Blue Lord has since run a staying on third to Supreme Novices favourite Appreciate It over an inadequate 2 miles. That gives the form a nice look to it and I fancy the 6yo to win a Ballymore lacking a real star performer this year.
EILEENDOVER 6/1 (Champion Bumper) - I was very impressed with Kilcruit last weekend but Eileendover has been just as impressive in her three starts and as a 4yo filly will get a vey healthy age and sex allowance should she go to Cheltenham. The form of her last win in a Listed mares NH Flat race at Market Rasen received a massive boost when the third Grangee won the other Grade 2 Flat race (mares only) at last weekend's Dublin Racing Festival. Unfortunately, there are doubts about her participation so it would be important to back here with a NRNB concession.
MONKFISH 8/11 (Brown Advisory Novices Chase) - Willie Mullins has plenty of well fancied runners at the Cheltenham Festival and one of his strongest chances to my eye has to be Monkfish. I backed a couple of other horses each way for the Festival Chase before Christmas but after seeing the manner in which Monkfish has won his last two races I think they are now playing for place money only. Monkfish was a very game winner of the Albert Bartlett last year from Latest Exhibition and is an unbeaten 3 from 3 over fences this Season including easily beating that rival again in Grade 1 chases on their last two starts. Both of those races are big pointers to the Festival Chase and with a bomb proof trends profile Monkfish looks a very worthy favourite.
PAISLEY PARK 3/1 (Stayers Hurdle) - Like a lot of racing fans I love Paisley Park and it was uncomfortable viewing to see him labour home in last years Stayers Hurdle but he seems back to his very best this year and I have every faith that we'll see him regain his Stayers crown this March. New kid on the block Thyme Hill took full advantage of the 3lb he received in Newbury's Long Distance Hurdle to beat him a length and a half but was unable to confirm the form in Ascot's Long Walk off level weights. Having done so well to overcome the traffic problems that day, and find a turbo finish in the ground, I think Paisley Park is still the one they all have to beat and the young pretenders will have to wait at least another year before taking his crown.
£2 Lucky 15
(Odds shown are with PaddyPower (NRNB) and are correct as of 9am 14/2/21)
COMING NEXT WEEK...
28th FEBRUARY - The BIG 5
7th MARCH - Gary's 4
14th MARCH - The £million Lucky 15
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