Well I hope you checked out the Vine clips on @paddypowerracing Twitter as you will have picked up my handy 8-1 victor Present View at Cheltenham on Day 1 – plus of course Quevega and a couple of placings as well so we are buzzing for Day 2. And when I mean buzzing Paddy – I mean buzzing to take a few more quid of you. You hear me Paddy?
So here’s my second Daily Yeeehaaa! blog of Cheltenham 2014.
Everyone seems keen to take on SIRE DE GRUGY in the feature Champion Chase at 3.20pm, but with an official rating of 169 that seems madness and he’s a big price.
The only horses who come close on ratings are Arvika Ligeonniere (likes to go right-handed) and Sizing Europe (pensioner), so get set for Jamie Moore to ride his first ever Cheltenham victor. He loves good ground as well so that is a bonus.
We kick off with the Neptune at 1.30pm, and I expect FAUGHEEN to do exactly what Vautour did yesterday – hack up. The former has always been considered the best Mullins novice, and the drying ground might just help his jumping to be a little more fluent.
The RSA Chase is wide open at 2.05pm, and the one I like each-way is CARLINGFORD LOUGH. He is suited to big fields, and there are more runners here than he’s faced recently in Ireland. He has to be delivered late, so I am hoping for a final furlong thrust from AP McCoy.
We have the ultra competitive Coral Cup at 2.40pm, and I’m having a few quid eachway on FAR WEST and OSCARS WELL at big prices.
The former was staying on until taking a terrible fall at Newbury last time, and provided he has not lost confidence after that he should go close having chased home the late Our Conor in the Triumph here 12 months ago. Oscars Well was once rated much higher over hurdles and has been mainly chasing recently, but he’s only just joined Tony Martin and might just recapture some old form.
A Winter Of Content?
The Cross Country Chase at 4.00pm is always a bit of fun, and on good ground top-weight BALTHAZAR KING will be hard to catch, while in the Fred Winter at 4.40pm have a go with IVAN GROZNY, who has always been held in high regard but flopped last time.
The bumper is a lottery, but maybe a little each-way on GOLANTILLA and we’ll get a good run for our money with the horse who was third behind Briar Hill in 2013.
So best of luck once again. And let’s show Paddy who’s the daddy! Yeeehaaa!