RACING fan Tommy Buckley (@tbuckleythinks) has shared his thoughts on another ante-post multiple he'll be placing ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Festival | Canadian | 12th-15th March 2019
We’re now into March and for all jump racing fans, that means the Cheltenham Festival edges ever closer.
I count myself amongst the hundreds of thousands of National Hunt supporters; there will be 200,000+ attending Cheltenham itself, and no doubt the Festival bug has got me.
I've already produced a couple of Cheltenham Festival pieces and please feel free to check those out if you haven't already done so via these links.
My next piece – another fun multiple for Cheltenham – is below where I’d recommend taking these five horses in a Canadian.
A Canadian – also known as a Super Yankee – is a wager on five selections consisting of 26 bets: 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five four-fold's and a five-fold accumulator. Enjoy.
Benie Des Dieux in the Mares Hurdle
This event is one that has served Willie Mullins extremely well and the classy mare Benie Des Dieux looks to have every chance of retaining the prize she won so impressively last year.
Last March, Benie Des Dieux returned the 9/2 winner of the Mares Hurdle, a much stronger looking renewal, and how we all wish that price was available again. But the declared defection of Apples Jade and Laurina really has left this race at the mercy of Benie De Dieux and if all is well with her then it's hard to see her being beaten,.
She's 5/4 (888) now and probably will be odds-on at the off.
Delta Work in the RSA Chase
A Cheltenham Festival winner by a nose last year after landing the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, Delta Work returns to the Festival as one of the major contenders for this major novice chase prize.
So far in his chasing career, Delta Work has looked made for fences including beating the highly regarded Le Richebourg. He looks to have every element required and while the rest headed by Santini are respected, I think Delta Work is the one to beat.
I've taken 7/2 and I think he'll be shorter on the day – currently 10/3 (William Hill).
Lostintranslation in the JLT Novice Chase
Last year Colin Tizzard's Lostintranslation appeared at the Cheltenham Festival as a seventh-placed 40/1 shot in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
That run showed a degree of real promise and connections always stated that chasing would be his game. So far this season they've been proven right with a series of excellent runs in strong novice chases.
Lostintranslation did very well to win a strong event at Cheltenham two runs ago, he's closely matched with market rival Defi Du Seuil but has beaten him and can do so again. His best will put him right in the mix and I've taken 10/3 (Betfair).
Paisley Park in the Stayers Hurdle
I must admit that Paisley Park wasn't a horse I was aware of until I saw his incredible win at Haydock when he came literally furlongs back to win.
Since that day at Haydock the progression of Paisley Park has been fantastic and he's improved with every run – an excellent winner of the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and then impressive again when winning the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last time out.
Paisley Park is clear favourite and deservedly so. Yes the likes of Faugheen, Supasundae, Samcro and others will be respected on the day but Paisley Park has to be the one to beat.
I'm happy to take the 15/8 (Bet365) on him coming out on top.
Sir Erec in the Triumph Hurdle
Hopefully by this point on the Friday of the Festival the multiple dream will still be alive and what a thrill we'll have with our hopes pinned on Sir Erec, very much a potential star of this Festival and for the future.
Carrying the status of ‘Irish Banker’ for Cheltenham and potentially making or ruining thousands of bets will have everybody watching on the edge, but connections know that in Sir Erec they've got a serious horse with which to take everybody on.
Good enough to be Group 2 level on the flat, Sir Erec announced himself as the absolute clear contender for the Triumph Hurdle when brilliantly winning the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. He looks to have it all and with the excitement of more improvement expected then Sir Erec can light up the festival.
A 6/5 shot with Betfair at the time of writing.
Cheltenham Festival Canadian:
Benie Des Dieux – Mares Hurdle
Delta Work – RSA Chase
Lostintranslation – JLT Novice Chase
Paisley Park – Stayers Hurdle
Sir Erece – Triumph Hurdle