So Cheltenham is over for another year and what a week it was with the Irish getting the overall honours with 14 wins to 13. Plenty of great memories from the week and wonderful performances – Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper on the jockey front, Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Nigel Twiston Davies – who had a wonderful week on the training front. Worth noting NTD had a couple of places at 66/1 and 100/1 so he’d have been well worth following.
And then who can forget the likes of Sprinter Sacre demolishing the Champion Chase field.
Hurricane Fly regaining the Champion Hurdle.
Cue Card jumping like a stag to win the Ryanair.
Our Conor absolutely sluicing up in the Triumph.
And of course Bobs Worth getting the better of Sir Des Champs and Long Run in the Gold Cup.
On a personal level here’s my good, bad and ugly events of the week.
The Good –
Tuesday – A rather inauspicious start as my ante post bet on My Tent Or Yours got nailed in the Supreme by the game Champagne Fever. Advised bets on Pique Sous (e/w came 6th when 5th paid), Dodging Bullets and Cause Of Causes got us off to a minus 6pt start. The Arkle again was a near miss as His Excellency advised in the without market came 2nd at 33/1. Simonsig did complete part of a treble though and although he ran badly is still a mouthwatering prospect. The JLT was a nothing race results wise as Loch Ba and Summery Justice never really got involved. Golden Chieftain’s win at 28/1 was a little infuriating having backed him on both previous runs. The Champion Hurdle I was on Grandeout ante-post and having watched it back a few times I still feel he’d have been right in their punching at the end if he hadn’t fallen. The Mares Hurdle won us a few quid as Sairan D’Airay advised at 25/1 w/o Quevega nearly won the race. Considering I’d backed Quevega in a treble a great result and 10.5pts profit with She Ranks Me doing zilch (like McCain’s runners all week). The last race of the day was a washout – though both Ohio Gold and Shangani finished in the places.
Points profit for Tuesday -0.5pts
Wednesday – A much better day profit wise. Buddy Bolero and Emperor’s Choice didn’t get the day off to a great start but The New One more than made up for it winning the Neptune in great style. Over the whole week this was my favourite winner. Not least because he beat the Irish hotpot Pont Alexandre. The RSA went to Lord Windermere but Boston Bob would have likely won this. My bet was nowhere. The Champion Chase was a procession and the bet on Sanctuaire was another loser. Next up though Medinas clawed back a fair chunk of profit after winning at 33/1 – it was really just a pin job but his Welsh Champion hurdle form is decent. The Fred Winter and Bumper weren’t too great.
Points profit for Wednesday +23.25pts
Thursday – Another great day for the blog picks as Benefficent went in at 20/1 under the excellent Bryan Cooper. The stat about David Pipe was pretty sound! Monkey on his back with that one – no luck in the Pertemps I did actually look pretty hard at Holywell but I’ll be honest thought he wasn’t well treated after he kept going up after finishing second. The Ryanair selections were disappointing, though For Non Stop ran reasonable I guess and I bid a happy retirement to Albertas. Bog Warrior in the World Hurdle ran an absolute cracker considering he injured himself and still came fifth. Hopefully he’ll come back again after recovering. No luck in the Plate but Same Difference won by the narrowest margin of the week to win at an advised 22/1.
Points profit for Thursday +23pts
Friday – I have a tale to tell about the blog selections for Friday but it’s probably something I should keep hidden away from prying eyes. Let’s just say I believe they were copied and used by someone else. Far West ran okay but never stood a chance with Our Conor, the County Hurdle irritated me because although the front two Irish runners probably wouldn’t have been caught Ifandbutwhynot never had a chance – left at the start, wide most of the way through and used up too much energy. He is one I’ll be backing next time out wherever he runs. Tanarko Emery ran well again off his higher mark. The Potato race was won in ease by At Fisher Cross and the blog selection Inish Island came second after being well backed. Gold Cup made the day a few quid with Bobs Worth advised at 11/4. I’d have far rather Sir Des Champs won but in truth can’t complain. The final two races were nothing to write home about though Make Your Mark is well handicapped.
Points profit for Friday -1
Overall blog selections +44.75pts
Cannot complain with that and with a nice treble going in on Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig and Quevega, plus a mugs bet on Salsify (incredibly fortunate) it was a great week.
The Bad –
I won’t dwell on this long but the injury to JT McNamara strikes home what a dangerous sport horse racing is. Thoughts go out to him and his family and one hopes he make a full recovery. If you did make a few quid on the selections this week why not donate a few quid to the Injured Jockeys Fund http://www.injuredjockeys.co.uk/ you can text by phone and make sure you add the Gift Aid.
Also worth remembering Matuhi – RIP
And hopefully Davy Russell and Bog Warrior are both reunited soon.
The Ugly –
I’m going to dwell even less on this. One word sums it up.
(Seriously incompetent service and one bookmaker which has had an epic PR disaster this week. I won’t be betting with them again when they finally manage to let me into the account. Going by the tweets to them I doubt I’m the only one – a few of the best below because frankly they deserve the abuse).
@Coral I’ve been locked out of my account for nearly a week and no one is answering the customer services phoneline. Sort it out Coral. @Coral thanks for the same generic response TWICE Really highlighting how fantastic a bookies you are. Status of my ‘account’ @Coral not a happy customer your website was down more times over cheltenham than ken barlows trousers#nobetsplaced
Never mind getting getting a bet on with
@Coral its difficult enough logging in …….
You get the gist…
Taking the weekend off, have a good one.