FORGET about Champions Day, it’s all about Cheltenham for our racing man Jack Milner (@JJMSports) today.
Jonjo O’Neill is in cracking form at the moment after his four-timer at Wetherby earlier in the week and I reckon his runner here, In The Rough will go well. He’s chasing a four-timer, and with Barry Geraghty on board, I’ll take him to get the better of Vivaldi Collonges.
There’s a loveable character in this race, in the shape and form of Champion Court. Jumps fans will be aware of how well he travels and he’s down to a mark of 152, which is his lowest rating since he was second to Sir Des Champs in the 2012 Jewson. That’s solid form! At 8/1 he represents a great each-way bet.
This is an absolute crackerjack of a race with all the key trainers fielding runners. It’s Emma Lavelle’s Le Bec that catches my eye, her string tend to start the season well and this boy has an exceptional level of form. He beat subsequent Irish National winner Shut The Front Door here last year and the stable reckon he could be a Gold Cup horse. He’s only running off a mark of 149 as well so today could be perfect for him. He’s got course and distance form and I think he’s got a big future.
Ainsi Fideles beat Lamb and Cod last time out and that horse ran well yesterday against The Romford Pele. I’d expect him to win this contest as he’s receiving weight from most of the field.
Onto the bumper and I’m looking at Rebecca Curtis here. Her horses have started the season well and expensive recruit How About It looks the one to be with. Geraghty is on board and he can confirm his smart bloodline by winning here.
Cheltenham 2:00 – In The Rough (Win)
Cheltenham 2:35 – Champion Court (Each Way)
Cheltenham 3:45 – Le Bec (Each Way)
Cheltenham 5:00 – Ainsi Fideles (Win)
Cheltenham 5:35 – How About It (Win)
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