Greatness awaits wonderful ALTIOR in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham today.
So Day 1 did not go as expected for us and we are still patiently waiting the first winner….
On to today’s 4 live Cheltenham races for you live on the BIG SCREENS at Rileys. In the 1:30 Novices hurdle race, we can see no further than the Irish point to point raider BATTLEOVERDOYEN who`s jumping maybe a bit too safe at times but is the one to beat for us, with some great form. The Graham Elliot horse is readily available at 10/3 mark. Remember SkyBet are still doing their free bet if your horse loses on the first race at Cheltenham.
The 2:10 RSA Insurance Novices Chase has 12 runners, our NAP of the day is the Paul Nicholls trained horse TOPOFTHEGAME. This horse has a good record on soft ground with 30% of his runs providing wins on Soft or Good to Soft ground.
The Coral Cup handicap race at 2:50 has 26 runners, so some bookies are paying 5 places so shop around to get that all important 5th place. With a field this big we have to highlight a couple of E/W shouts for you. Its a wide open race and I have my pin at the ready and eyes closed to pick these two highlights! ERICK LE ROUGE at 20/1 is a stand out e/w shout, notching up 4 wins in a row this season after a promising performance last season. The other one to watch out for is JOKE DANCER, but this has just been declared a non runner as a write this!
The 3:30 Cheltenham Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase is next up and the market is currently led by ALTIOR at a very unappealing 2/5! With only 9 runners the bet has to be a value horse aside from the classy favourite who is nailed on to win, just by how many lengths! We are favouring a place spot for CASTLEGRACE PADDY who is 28/1 generally. He`s a strong traveller and was arguably very unlucky to fall at Leopardstown on his last outing.
Why not book a pool table by the big screen to watch the action and shoot some pool?
Good Luck and remember gamble responsibly!