And so it’s Wednesday, Ladies’ Day. In the Neptune at 2.05, Simonsig looks good as trainer Nicky Henderson looks for his second winner of the Festival. Personally, I’ll put something small on Benefficient. Aidan ‘Red’ Shields who owns the The Irish Rover pub in New York, flew 25 friends over to see his little star win at 50/1 at Leopardstown a few weeks ago. He then treated 200 people to dinner in Dublin that night. He’s a lively outsider!
In the RSA (2.05) Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary’s First Lieutenant looks like Ireland’s main hope, but Grands Crus also had the option of running in Friday’s Gold Cup until trainer David Pipe opted for this. It may pay handsomely to follow Grands Crus today.
In the Champion Chase (2.05), Sizing Europe is bidding to regain his crown but old rival Big Zeb won’t give in easily. The Pipe yard has two hopefuls in Poole Master and Balgarry in the Coral Cup at 4pm, but after an untypically quiet day for AP McCoy on Tuesday, I’ll follow Jonjo’s tip of Get Me Out Of Here.
And finally in the finale, Champagne Fever looks set to continue Willie Mullins’ great record in the race. The Co Carlow trainer has already won it six times. The well tipped up New Year’s Eve looks formidable for England ridden by Barry Geraghty. His price has halved over the past week.
Enjoy your day, the sun is shining. I just know it’s going to be a good one!