Paddy Power day at Cheltenham is here, and I’m not kidding when it’s one of my favourite meetings of the year, and has been one of my most profitable, thanks to the likes of Lady Cricket and Cyfor Malta.
I love it so much I make a rare trip to Cheltenham Saturday for all the action, but you and I both know it will be even better with a winner or two.
Let’s get straight in the action with the extended 3m 3f chase at Cheltenham at 1.50pm, and 12 months ago this blog banged in Sam Winner here which was a fine start to the day!
I like AUDACIOUS PLAN , who is at the right end of the handicap for Rebecca Curtis and Paul Townend. The selection is also race-fit after a fine fourth at Cheltenham just three weeks ago, and I think he’ll run a big one against plenty of exposed rivals.
The big race of the day comes up at Cheltenham at 2.25pm with the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and slick jumping will be key. There’s no doubt Irish Cavalier is in form, Kings Palace could be a class apart, Cocktails at Dawn is going well and Oscar Rock is improving, but the one I’m on eachway is BUYWISE .
The big-race hope returned with a fine third at Aintree just the other day, and runs this track well. Obviously it’s a tricky race, but I think Evan Williams’ hope is capable of landing this off a mark of 148 where Paddy’s paying the first 5 home.
There’s an extended 3m 1f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham at 3.00pm, and SIR MANGAN could run well here for the Skeltons in a tough heat. The selection has gone up 8lb for scoring last time, but just might be more comfortable over hurdles than fences and stays strong.
Finally at Cheltenham there’s a 2m5f handicap hurdle at 3.35pm, and I like HERBERT PARK for David Pipe. The five-year-old is a proven stayer and was in good form when last seen. If ready off the break he should go well for Tom Scudamore.
In many ways it’s all about Cheltenham on Saturday, but of course there’s lots of good racing and I’ve taken a look at a couple of races at Wetherby, including the extended 2m 3f chase at 2.05pm.
The one I like is topweight DE VOUS A MOI , who unlike most of these is ultra consistent and getting better all the time for Sue Smith. The cobwebs will have been blown away with an effort two weeks ago at Ayr.
Finally, there a 2m handicap hurdle at Wetherby at 3.15pm. Have a few quid on HARTSIDE each-way for the Winks family. He was far from disgraced at Towcester last time, and should get a good pace to run at from the back.
So best of luck. Lots of people like to go shopping on a Saturday. I don’t – but I still like to Buywise! Yeeehaaa!