There probably won’t be a big a crowd as usual at the International Meeting at Cheltenham this week, but hopefully you can either celebrate the General Election result with a winner or, if you feel it has gone the wrong way, for you to back a couple to make the news more bearable.
As ever at Cheltenham, there will be some serious horses on show and my best bet of the day on Friday runs in the 3.40pm.
It is tricky putting up a J P McManus-owned horse well before the market has time to give us an indication of what might be expected. However, I got put off a winner at the weekend because it did nothing but drift.
This race will prove to be a very decent novice hurdle, but Chantry House has won two point-to-points and beat the high class Edwardstone on his debut under rules in a bumper at Warwick in March.
I expect this one to be ready and be getting some notable ante-post quotes for the Cheltenham Festival afterwards.
I fancied this horse on his debut at Ayr but he looked to blow up turning into the straight. However, he has now had plenty of time to get over those exertions and his stable have hit form.
He may have gone close in the Fred Winter if he had jumped a little better and I believe he will win a decent handicap this season.
Hopefully this is it, but I will definitely be having a speculative bet as well on Peter The Mayo Man who is back over his best trip after a good run last time out.
Goodbye Dancer has a lot going for him on his first run for Fergal O’Brien and, of the trainer's two runners in this contest, Paddy Brennan has chosen this eight-year-old, who is 11lb lower than when he ran in this race last year.
He was only beaten nine lengths on that occasion, so conceivably could have won had he been racing off his present mark.
His new stable is in excellent form and frequently target Cheltenham meetings, so this stable debutant cannot be ignored off a winnable mark.
Obviously fitness has to be taken on trust but the race looks set to be run at a good pace which will suit a hold-up horse and he should be staying on in the conditions better than most.
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