Two good Wednesday winners - well done. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Willie Mullins on Billaway's chances in the Foxhunters tomorrow: "the new riding rules could hamper his rider as this horse needs plenty of cajoling."
Fugitif placed at 11's.
Prince Dundee wins at 13/2 in a cracking staying chase at Hexham.
Sire Du Berlais, what a star. The first time he ever won was this day for years ago when landing a gamble in the Pertemps final. Since then he has fought some wars at extreme distances, danced every dance and always gives of his best. To win this race at 11 is extraordinary - even as very much the Elliott second string.
It's harder than ever to get multiple bets on this week - at least that's my experience. I'm either hugely restricted in stake size or prevented from placing a bet at all. Has anyone else found this? (I'm talking about Hills, Paddy, Unibet; the Stoke outfit will lay me especially if I have a big single on at the same time.)
Goodness me, the Irish handicapper really crucified Maxxum this season. He won a little Navan handicap doing handsprings, and it must have been the style of that victory that put their backs up because they gave the horse 17lbs for that. Nothing has come out of that race and the form is weak. Maxxum followed up in a Pertemps qualifier, a much deeper race but not all the horses were trying to win, and dotted up by 16 lengths. Bang - another 18lbs for the pleasure. Suddenly he was forced into 0-150 company and came 12th at Leopardstown. The UK handicapper thought he needed another 7lbs for today's Pertemps final and unsurprisingly floundered under a welter burden. Astonishing that he was backed into 9/2 - I can only assume there are punters on course with money to burn. Gordon Elliott is known to have the odd grumble about the unfairness of life but he surely has a case here.
Salvador Ziggy placed 14.10. Cheltenham at 10/1.
Salvador Ziggy. 14.10. Cheltenham.
Ballykeel ew - 17.30 Cheltenham
Myburg 5.10 Hexham is the nap,well done yesterday EGS.
Fugitif each way in the 16:10 at Cheltenham
Itchy feet ew. Cheltenham 2.10.
Nap Chelts 1650 Foxy Girl
Can't believe Rachel is riding this for the name rather than the narrative.
Hexham and Cheltenham today - lovely. Nap is Prince Dundee at Hex 15.50
2.50 Cheltenham - Janidil
14.10 Cheltenham Coltor ew
Didn't get chance to post anything yesterday after Tuesday's successes.
Hopefully we can find something today.
Win nap is mighty potter (boring I know) 13:30
E/w fancies are captain morgs 14:10 (skybet paying first 8), Paisley park (if he turns up in the mood) 15:10 (skybet paying 4 places), frero banbou 16:10 (skybet paying 7 places) princess Zoe 16:50 (skybet paying 5 places) and finally dunboyne 17:30 (skybet paying 6 places.