THE Voice Of Value (@TheVoiceOfValue) is our man for the penultimate race of the Festival, the Martin Pipe Conditionals Hurdle.
Cheltenham 16:50 | Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle | ITV4
This race is often targeted by a trainer who knows he or she has a well-handicapped horse but also knows that he or she has a good conditional jockey who can be a great asset on the day. Squouateur was the big gamble last year but that didn’t come to fruition and he only finished seventh.
I tipped Catamaran Du Seuil earlier in the week because I think he could be a very well handicapped horse and is too big a price.
I am delighted to see that Remiluc (33/1 10BET) is still in the field. This is over slightly further than he has won before but Chris Gordon his trainer stated in the past that this is the best horse he has ever trained and that he has been very unlucky with injuries etc.
Incredible strike rate
As a result of that I have followed the horse this season and he has won twice, returning a nice profit. Gordon has a relatively small yard but his horse are in unbelievable form at the minute, albeit not at Cheltenham level.
The statistic is mind-boggling – he won five races in one day last week and of the last 14 runners he has had, TEN of them have won. I don’t think I have ever seen that sort of strike rate in a short period of time from anyone never mind a trainer with only 30 or 40 horses in his yard.
Don’t get me wrong, Remiluc might be completely outclassed here by a few plot horses and some classy Grade 1 horses masquerading as handicappers but at 33/1 I absolutely have to have some of this and I’m increasing my stake for it too because 33/1 is a huge price and if he had been 16/1 I would still have been having an each way bet.