Cheltenham Festival 2013
You’ve spent the week at the preview nights. You’ve read Paddy Power’s Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide cover to cover. And you’re iPad has gone into meltdown from scrolling through the Racing Post online.
But when it all comes down to it you need to stick with the men who deliver winners at the Festival. Barry Geraghty was the leading jockey last year with five winners while Nicky Henderson took the training honours with a magnificent seven.
We can’t quite make you an instant millionaire but this five-horse acca on a Henderson Geraghty combo returns £10,714.29 for a £50 stake if ALL win at the prices quoted while a £1 Lucky 31 (£31 stake) could return £1,096.14 if all five win.
Barry Geraghty on:
Simonsig, 4/6, Arkle Chase, Tuesday, 2.05pm
He only has two runs and Overturn only has three runs so it’s not a big difference. He’s been foot perfect on both these starts in two of the stiffest fences in the UK at Ascot and Kempton and I’m as hopeful as you can be with a novice. Some people have suggested that Overturn will get Simonsig unsettled and fighting him to get to the lead. But I’ll settle him in behind and work away. I’d have no concerns on that front.
Sprinter Sacre, 1/4, Champion Chase, Wednesday, 3.20pm
My main objective is to get him relaxed and into a rhythm and let him do his own talking. If he performs the way he performed this year and last year – given normal good luck – he’ll be very hard to beat. There are no chinks in her armour.
Oscar Whisky, 4/1, World Hurdle, Thursday, 3.20pm
He got the three miles well the last day in the Cleeve Hurdle when Reve de Sivola beat him. He felt a little bit flat on the day so I’d be hopeful that if he’s in the form that saw him destroy Crack Away Jack the time before that he might win. Solwhit from Charles Brynes’ yard is the sneaky one. He’s a high-class horse. He’s won on all types of ground and obviously the better the ground it will make it easier for him to stay. I’ve no real concerns about the ground or the trip for him.
Rolling Star 4/1, Triumph Hurdle, Friday, 1.30pm
I’m sweet on Rolling Star. I think he’s very good. He’s schooled brilliantly and is working really well so I’ not concerned that he’s only had the one run despite what the stats say in the Triumph. Far West and Our Conor looked very good in their trials and the winner looks like it will come from the first three in the market.
Bobs Worth, 3/1f, Gold Cup, Friday, 3.20pm
He’ll be the first horse since Dawn Run to win it after only five runs. He hasn’t had any holds up and is in great form so that’s a plus. How much good would it have done him to race on heavy ground in the Argento Chase? He’s schooled brilliantly the other day and I wouldn’t swap him. I bought him as a yearling and I’ve known him since he was one and he’s a lovely kind mannered horse so it will be extra special if he can do it.