By Sean Goff | Cheltenham 2013
Clive Davies has been trying to give his memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, a shove up the best-seller list by revealing for the first time that he was bisexual.
The 80-year-old pop mogul is credited with discovering music talents such as Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Billy Joel. Big hitters indeed.
Now the Paddy Power Blog team has never swung both ways – well, not knowingly beforehand – but taking Clive as our inspiration on a spring Monday here’s an €1 each-way Lucky 15 (€30) that could return over €300 to light up your Cheltenham Festival 2013 if all are placed.
1. Dodging Bullets 10/1 (Supreme Novice Hurdle)
There’s no point waiting for the last race on day four to hit the jackpot. As the cliche goes Cheltenham is a marathon – not a sprint – but you need ammo. Lots and lots of ammo.
While My Tent or Yours looks bomb-proof in the Supreme Novice Hurdle in the opening race on the opening day Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets looks to have slipped under the radar at around 10/1 in the betting. A 7l third to the ill-fated Darlan in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton this two-time course winner at the Cotswolds had last year’s Supreme winner Cinders and Ashes and Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame in his wake. He’ll be bang there for Ruby Walsh if repeating that run on March 12.
2. Cotton Mill 10/1 (Coral Cup & County Hurdle)
Tipped up at the second last when giving Simonsig a run for his money in the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle last season. Trainer John Ferguson waited and waited for the better ground all season to try and land the big pot but an overnight cloud burst at Newbury and a thrown-in My Tent or Yours denied him the bigger pot. If he doesn’t contest the Champion Hurdle he will head for either the Coral Cup or County Hurdle. A 10/1 shot for both – he’ll strip fitter for his first run of the season and is still potentially well handicapped. Not to be missed.
3. Oscar Whisky 4/1 (World Hurdle)
Now before you start complaining – putting the 4/1 fav up each-way for the World Hurdle is not as cowardly as it admittedly looks at first glance. What we’re trying to do here is keep the ball rolling over the four days and if Barry Geraghty arrives at the last swinging on the bridle – you could be sitting pretty too. The last furlong of Cleeve Hill is his danger zone but will anything get him off the steel before then? We don’t think so. And if you’ve one at 4/1 that will travel to the last just waiting to pounce – feel free to get in touch.
4. First Lieutenant 12/1 (Gold Cup)
Will head to straight to the Gold Cup – if trainer Mouse Morris gets his way and swerves the owner-sponsored Ryanair Chase. Hasn’t got his head in front since October 2011 but was second in the RSA Chase last season behind Bobs Worth. At four times the Gold Cup favourite’s price this lad could improve again on his more favoured good ground after going close in bog-like conditions in the Hennessy at Newbury and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
Did last year’s Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby for toe in the 2m5f Neptune Investment Novices Hurdle in 2011 and can reward each-way backers for the Blue Riband.