Day 3 of Chelters dawns and a load more of the wet stuff has been deposited on the track overnight, which should get rid of the stickiness and just make it unraceable.
Highlight of the card at 3.30 is the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle which has a field of 17, headed at 7-2 by the re-born Sam Spinner which will probably attempt to make all under the rehabilitated Joe Colliver. At that price, we’ll give it a miss and suggest an each way bet on Supasundae at 8-1.
This 8-y-o warmed up for this race by running in the Irish Champion Hurdle over 2 miles – and won it! Described as a ‘different horse’ this year by its astute trainer, there is every chance that this course winner will get the trip on ground it will love and the price is generous.
The afternoon begins with the JLT Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles and, surprise, surprise Willie Mullins has the favourite in the shape of Invitation Only at 3-1. This 7-y-o won a Grade 3 Chase at Punchestown, beating not very much, before coming up just short in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown, won by Monalee which chased home our selection Presenting Percy in the RSA yesterday.
Not far behind Invitation Only on that occasion was Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon, which looked the winner two out, only to blow up on the run in. This horse stays and travels and the ground holds no fears, so we make this our slightly sporting each way selection at a juicy 20-1.
The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at 2.10 has attracted a field of 23 and we have picked one Irish and one English runner against the rest.
Sort It Out made up a tremendous amount of ground in the straight to finish 3rd at Punchestown three weeks ago and Eddie Harty’s beast is an attractive each way bet at 9-1.
Further down the list we can’t resist having an each way punt on Theo’s Charm at 28-1.
Just touched off by the rapidly improving Tommy Rapper in bottomless ground at Haddock last time and only 1lb higher here, a turn-up could be on the cards.
The Ryanair Chase at 2.50 looks at the mercy of Un De Sceaux, but at 8-11 we just watch this one.
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at 4.10 has a miserly turn-out of 23, so, again, we’ll go two against the field, starting with an each way bet on King’s Socks at 8-1. Just the one run for the Pipe yard since arriving from France, but a run full of promise and, on French form, this 6-y-o is exceptionally well handicapped.
Having put on his socks, the King can then go on his Odyssey, and can carry some of our money at 20-1. Threatening to win on all three runs this season, King’s Odyssey has good track form and the ground can’t be bad enough.
The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, a relatively new addition to the card is, apparently, at the mercy of the Mullins’ trained Laurina, which is trading at a prohibitive 8-13, so, in the absence of a sensible alternative, we’ll pass on this one.
And finally, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at 5.30 will be run over a gruelling trip on the worst of the ground – oh goody.
Daunted, however, we are not, oh no sir.
Each way bets on Wild West Wind and Final Nudge, both at 16-1, will hopefully see us in (wet) clover.
Here endeth the Preview.
Supersundae 3.30 Cheltenham e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Snow Falcon 1.30 Cheltenham e/w @ 20-1
Sort It Out 2.10 Cheltenham e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)
Theo’s Charm 2.10 Cheltenham e/w @ 28-1 (5 places)
King’s Socks 4.10 Cheltenham e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)
King’s Odyssey 4.10 Cheltenham e/w @ 20-1 (5 places)
Wild West Wind 5.30 Cheltenham e/w @ 16-1 (5 places)
Final Nudge 5.30 Cheltenham e/w @ 16-1 (5 places)