#startracking Friday March 11th 5.30pm
This the first of three possible blogs tonight. The next one will be a BIG file! It’s my current state of play with my Cheltenham Master Plan 2016 PLUS the profiling I have done for all ten Cheltenham handicaps, updated! The third blog will be a list of available FREE tipping competitions for the Festival plus a look at the IN-SHOP offers for the week on the High Street (I expect like me your email box has been bombarded with offers from your existing on-line bookies) and also a list of blogs available from Trainers and Jockeys on-line.
Sandown 3.45 COPPER KAY One of the most exciting horses I’ve seen this season. Along with Augusta Kate and La Bague Au Roi it’s a talented squad of Bumper mares who could all meet at Aintree or Punchestown and look like really lighting up the Mares novice hurdle division next year. Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag need to do their winning now and Limini will need to match her hype. I make Copper Kay a four star**** win selection. Help yourself to 7/4 at Paddy Power (BOG).
“I’ve said previously how highly I rate Copper Kay (3.45pm). She’s one of the best mares I’ve ever ridden and has a huge amount of potential. I was very impressed with her at Cheltenham last time and you’d like to think she’ll go to the Festival next year for the mares’ novice hurdle. She was fourth in this Listed bumper last year when she was very unlucky. She has much more experience now and that will stand her in good stead. This is probably the best mares’ bumper run all season, but I wouldn’t swap Copper Kay for anything.” Richard Johnson Betway Blog
Sandown 2.00 POINT THE WAY Won a four runner event at Market Rasen to complete a hat-trick and in doing so beat two horses I had been quite impressed with, namely Sharpasaknife and OneFitzAll. Definite improver and a tasty price.
Sandown 3.10 FOR GOOD MEASURE
“The Imperial Cup (3.10pm) is always very open and competitive. Allee Bleue has won his last two and the ground certainly won’t be an issue. It’s handy that the top horse has stayed in to keep the weights down, but I don’t think the handicapper has been too kind to my horse seeing as he’s just won two novice hurdles. Philip’s [Hobbs] other runner For Good Measure must have a very good chance. He’s owned by JP McManus, so Barry [Geraghty] is on him on Saturday. I’ve been fortunate enough to ride him the last twice and I like him. He’s a full brother to Balthazar King and he’ll stay well. There should be more to come. It would have been a very difficult decision between the two if I’d had the choice.” Richard Johnson Betway Blog
Sandown 3.45 COPPER KAY (See Above)
Wolverhampton 4.00 BASIL BERRY SDS for Chris Dwyer on a course and distance winner, one of only two rides! Has to be worth an interest.
Going @CheltenhamRaces #TheFestival
Soft all courses. GoingStick: Old 5.7, Cross Country 5.4, New 5.4 on Fri 15:00
“Taquin Du Seuil and 22 others confirmed for Ryanair Chase, just waiting for final runners.”
Andrew smith @festivalracing 12.30pm Friday 11th
“Annie Power has been scratched from the World Hurdle but all other major contenders have stood their ground”
Racing Post @RacingPost 1pm Friday 11th
“Unfortunately we have run out of time with Moon Racer and he will not run at the Cheltenham Festival. We will look at Aintree & Punchestown.” David Pipe @DavidPipeRacing 1pm Friday 11th