Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cheltenham selections - Thursday

Since the Festival has been extended to four days, Thursday's card has always struck me as the weakest, a bit of a fill-in. The main race today is the World Hurdle. I recommended Inglis Drever a couple of weeks ago and I'm sticking with that selection, although I'd have to say I'm less confident now.
Black Jack Ketchum comes in to play with the drying ground but I will happily oppose him. I'm more concerned about Henry Daly's Mighty Man while Alan King's Blazing Bailey commands respect. The King stable have had two high profile winners already this week and the trainer put up Blazing Bailey as the horse he was most looking forward to running before the Festival started.
I see Nicky Henderson has elected to run Crozan in the Ryanair Chase which is due off 2.35. The trainer thinks a lot of this horse despite the dubious looking form figures; Crozan appeals as an each way longshot provided eight or more runners go to post.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Inglis Drever won at odds of 5/1 (with Mighty Man second and Blazing Bailey third). Just as a point of interest, the tricast on this race paid £136.74 to a £1.00 stake and the trifecta £82.80.
20/1 shot Crozan was running a big race when coming to grief four out; quoting the Racing Post '..he [Crozan] might well have won but for the fall.'