Cheltenham open with a Triumph Hurdle try (12.35pm) and early favorite Blueking D’Oroux seems to have decent French form.
He’s certainly not as good as the French handicapper rates him – his rating would be 151 if the BHA still returned the favor – but he’s twice come close to one of their best juveniles and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was better than this early season pitch. I’m going to take a chance and bet on him because it gets harder after that.
Chateau Robin appeals the most in pursuit of the amateur jockeys handicap (1.10) as he is fit after a recent race and won at this meeting in 2020, but I will add brave way as it doesn’t look badly processed just 2 lbs heavier than this Irish brand.
Arkle trial (1.45) looks like a cracker and my preferences are Pentland Hills and Banbridge.
I will go with just two in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.20). stolen money has been a strong urge for a while, and there aren’t too many others that I like. An exception is midnight riverwinner escaped on good ground on his return.
I really want to put Annual Invictus with Paddling with your own canoe in the fifth (2.55), but he might not run due to the fast pitch, and if he doesn’t and Padleyourowncanoe ends up as the favorite, which is possible, it would be an all egg case in the same basket.
Therefore, On the blind sidewho won two years ago, is fine fresh and was given a chance by the handicapper, is the reserve selection.
That just leaves the 2m5f (3.30) handicap hurdle, and I’ll resist the temptation to bet on Without answer and add William foreverwho met a badly handicapped horse at Chepstow last time.
Permanent Placepot Cheltenham
2 Blueking D’Oroux
2 Chateau Robin
seven brave way
5 Pentland Hills
6 stolen money
8 midnight river
1 On the blind side
8 Paddling with your own canoe
11 William forever
14 Without answer
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