Women on hen parties, superstitious people, my Nan. These are all people who tend to back grey horses in big races such as the National. Form, jockey, weight, ground, weather, absolutely everything else is brushed aside if there is a grey horse in the race.
This is probably not the wisest way of gambling – although my Nan always used to suspiciously have a few pennies in her gaff – but it is a not a bad strategy if you’re having a punt on the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Simonsig has won seven of his eight races under rules and romped to a seven length victory in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival last year. He is being tipped as one of the bankers on the Tuesday and the 2012 Cheltenham champion jockey Barry Geraghty is pretty sweet on his chances as well.
‘He is an unbelievable horse to work. He’d work a listed race on the flat, that is how quick he is. He is schooling brilliantly and is in good form. Simonsig is more relaxed than Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig travels so easily.’
‘You’re in fourth gear and it doesn’t feel that fast becasue he does it with so much ease.’
Simonsig is 4/6 to win the Arkle, a race Barry won convincingly last year on board the machine Sprinter Sacre. You can listen to all of Barry’s thoughts on Simonsig and the Arkle right here: