Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cheltenham selections - Friday

Tomorrow is the final day of the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Many in racing believe Kauto Star to be the best horse in the Gold Cup and hopefully they'll be proven right. I take Kauto Star to win chasing's Blue Riband.

The Triumph Hurdle, due off at 2.00, is traditionally a rough race and not one that I would ordinarily get involved in. However Katchit has served this blog well over the winter months so I'm sticking with him now.

Flight Leader's third in the Cleeve Hurdle behind Blazing Bailey and Inglis Drever looks the best form on offer in the Brit Insurance Novices' Hurdle; this horse is top rated of the runners in the field with an official handicap rating. Trainer Colin Tizzard's stable has been going through a lean patch of late but he's had a winner in the last couple of days so I'd be hopeful of a good run.

For those of you with money to spare, I know that Evan Williams' Demi Beau has been laid out for the Grand Annual at 4.40. The horse has won over the course and at the distance and will appreciate the better ground. I always thought this horse slightly disappointing when he was with Charlie Mann; perhaps the change of scenery has done the trick.

Then it'll all be over for another year and we'll be looking forward to the Grand National meeting at Aintree...

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

5/4 favourite Kauto Star won the Gold Cup with an impressive performance. Katchit, sent off at 11/2, was equally impressive in winning the Triumph hurdle. 11/2 shot Flight Leader finished an honourable fourth but the market called it right here with Wichita Lineman (11/8 favourite)winning well. Demi Beau (12/1) hit the first fence hard, was never travelling thereafter and was pulled up two out.