Less than a month to the 2015 Cheltenham Festival and it’s fair to say we’ve got lots of exciting previews coming up here at Paddy Power so stay in touch. I’m pumped up and gagging for it – Cheltenham that is! Yeeehaaa!
Before the Festival, however, we need to take some of Paddy’s cash. You hear me Paddy?
So let’s try and get some this weekend, and I’m going to start by having a look at the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton (2.35pm).
The one to be on is IRISH SAINT who can pounce late on God’s Own and jump better than former classy hurdler Melodic Rendezvous.
At the weights God’s Own is clearly the one to beat, but I’m not sure he is worth a rating of 160. Paul Nicholls should know where he stands with that horse as his Vibrato Valtat beat God’s Own last time. Irish Saint stays and is in good form.
Stamina will be the key as always in the Eider Chase at Newcastle (2.55pm). The plodder I like is a former Eider winner PORTRAIT KING who landed the event in 2012. He is 9lb higher now, but this is still winnable and he can run a big one for Denis O’Regan.
VAGO COLLONGES drops back in trip for the Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at 3.10pm. Paul Nicholls’ runner has 2lb in hand of The Grey Taylor and I think 2m will be right up his street.
There’s some flat action at Lingfield with the Winter Derby Trial – and it looks a hot renewal. No doubt the class act in the field is last year’s winner GRANDEUR. It’s a tricky contest and Ryan Moore is back to ride for Jeremy Noseda. Stall three is a perfect draw and he can pounce late and show his class.
Should run huge
Finally, it’s the big betting race at Kempton with the 3m handicap chase. Take an each-way chance with LE REVE (3.45pm) who has been in good form of late for Lucy Wadham, finishing four lengths behind The Young Master at Ascot before scoring well at Sandown.
He stays and jumps and should run huge.
So best of luck. We need the cash for the Cheltenham bank and a few Yeeehaaas to warm us up for the four-day Festival.