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Matt Chapman: This 14/1 shot looks a shrewd play after we bagged four winners on day one

Four winners on day one and we're back for more of Paddy's profits on Champion Chase day.

by Matt Chapman | March 10, 2015

He did it. We did it. Faugheen did it. I did it. Yeeehaaa!

Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle day was all about Faugheen (4/5f) and we smashed Paddy out of the ball park.

And that wasn’t all for this blog with Douvan (2/1f) and The Druids Nephew (8/1), Cause of Causes (8/1). We were on fire. But in this game you are only as good as your last winner, so let’s kick on with day two the highlight of which is the Champion Chase.

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We kick off with the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and I like the look of WINDSOR PARK (1.30pm) each-way.

The selection was staying on nicely behind likely favourite Nichols Canyon on his most recent start and the step back up should suit. Davy Russell is on board for Irish trainer Dermot Weld.

The RSA Chase may be between DON POLI and Kings Palace. Willie Mullins’ runner won here last year and needs a stamina test – but ideally prefers give in the ground – while David Pipe’s runner got beaten last term.

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The Coral Cup (2.50pm) is a nightmare puzzle to solve and I’m not going to kid you I have the winner.

But with the ground drying out it might suit the speedsters and Harry Fry’s near market leader Activial and MARINERO both have that.

Marinero is particularly interesting at the bottom of the handicap for the ultra shrewd Tony Martin. He could just be chucked in. Let’s hope so and Paddy’s paying the first five home.

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I know I’ll look like a muppet if the top-rated Sprinter Sacre goes in – but I’m prepared to take him on.  I’m backing SIRE DE GRUGY (3.20pm) to win but I fancy a few quid on Champagne Fever each-way for the Mullins’ bandwagon.

Sire de Grugy looked right back to his best last time at Chepstow while Champagne Fever (below) loves Cheltenham and for me two miles has always been his trip.

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The Glenfarclas Handicap Chase is always a great spectacle and being a handicap gives QUANTITATIVEEASING (4pm) a real chance of reversing recent form with Any Currency. Trained by Enda Bolger, the big hope is certainly in the right hands although it takes you an age to spell his name!


The Fred Winter might give rising training star Dan Skelton a chance of a Cheltenham success and he saddles the progressive ZARIB (4.40pm). He simply hacked up at long odds-on last time at Wincanton and was only beaten 12 lengths by Peace and Co two runs ago. He could be well in off a mark of 133.

Finally it’s the guessing game that is the Champion bumperIf Willie Mullins knew which of his was the best I doubt he’d run half the stable so I’m going for WAIT FOR ME (5.15pm) for the master trainer Philip Hobbs. He hacked up at Ascot first time and could be special in a race where Paddy’s paying the first four home.

So here we go again. Best of luck. I’m living on Faugheen day forever Paddy. You hear me?  But I want more winners. Yeeehaaa!

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