It’s here. The Paddy Power Open meeting at Cheltenham gets under way on Friday and I’m dangerously jiggy.
Watch out Paddy – I’m after your cash. You hear me? Before I kick on with the TV races, check out our latest video (below) on @paddypower. We’ve had some fun there and hopefully can point you in the way of a few winners this weekend.
Right, let’s starts with the 2m Paddy Power Handicap Chase where Paddy’s paying the first 5 home. This is tricky, really tricky. The horse who could be thrown in is the lightly raced BOLD HENRY (1.50pm), who is very well handicapped off a mark of 125 if anywhere near his best. He has clearly had training problems, but if ready could run huge.
The Novices’ Chase has some really exciting prospects and the one I like is last year’s Paddy Power Gold Cup runner-up COLOUR SQUADRON (2.25pm).
In usual circumstances he would be one to take on with classy types like Dell’ Arca, Champagne West and Splash of Ginge. But he is fit, he has loads of class and most importantly experience. Could be very hard to beat.
The unbeaten Blaklion is sure to be popular for its new owners in the Novices Hurdle. However, I’m taking a chance with the improving MINELLA PRESENT (3pm) who has looked like a real improver at Uttoxeter in its last two starts.
Neil Mulholland needs something to smile about after The Young Master has the Badger Ales Trophy taken off him on Thursday and hopefully this is it.
Finally, it’s the Cross Country Chase with fewer runners than normal. Maybe BALTHAZAR KING (3.35pm) has scared a few away as off a mark of 153 he looks outstanding once again. I love this horse – he jumps and stays and loves racing.
So the Cheltenham Open meeting starts its build up to the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Enjoy it. And let’s hope we make it miserable for Paddy. Yeeehaaa!
- Ruby Walsh exclusive: This 10/1 shot looks the class act in the Paddy Power Gold Cup
- YEEEHAAA! Watch Matt Chapman’s horses to follow for the Cheltenham Open meeting and a 12/1 tip
- Paddy Power Gold Cup Infographic: The big-race stats that could help you pick the winner
- Jamie Snowden: It’s now or never for Present View as he schools beautifully ahead of his date of destiny