Who wants a juicy opening day Lucky 15 that should provide plenty of excitement and hopefully profit for the first day of the Cheltenham Festival? Of course you do!
These four selections are all trading at very appealing prices, which gives you the option to go each-way if you’re that way inclined.
Worth pointing out that if all four of these horses win, we’re looking at a return of nearly £5,000 from £15 laid out (prices correct at time of writing) – of course we’re due for a return if one, two or three win as well.
Fingers crossed for a good day.
FOREST BIHAN – 2.05 Cheltenham (Without Altior market)
The basis of the bet is based around the second and third favourites Charbel and Royal Caviar being prominent racers in the Arkle.
They’ll look to get short priced favourite Altior beat by going hell for leather early on, but it’s only going to enhance Altior’s chances as he’s a strong stayer at the trip.
Front runners have a terrible record in this race as they go too quick early on and burn too much petrol.
One of those ridden patiently will be Forest Bihan, who is very unexposed over fences for Brian Ellison and ran a monster race to chase down Cloudy Dream last time out after thumping the third last.
He’s got a great attitude and Aidan Coleman will ride him with plenty of confidence.
SINGLEFARMPAYMENT – 2.40 Cheltenham
Novices have a superb record in this three mile handicap and the selection looks the right candidate to follow this year, as he’s well ahead of his mark if he continue to progress.
The RSA Chase was on the agenda but connections have decided to throw him into this handicap, which is a tip in itself.
They think he’s well handicapped, clearly. He jumps well, stays the trip and although he needs a bit of luck in running, he should be bang there jumping the last few fences.
EDWULF – 4.50 Cheltenham
This lad will be fully revved up for JP McManus in the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase as McManus has a great association with JT before his sad passing.
Edwulf take some stopping if his jumping holds up, although he does tend to clout a few.
ITSFREEBEE – 5.30 Cheltenham 10/1
Things haven’t gone entirely to plan with this talented novice this season, but today could well be his day if everything drops right for him.
You’d be hard pushed to find a better jumper of a fence than this guy, it’s just whether he finds a performance akin to last year’s impressive third placed finish in the Neptune Investments Novice Hurdle. If he does, he’ll go close