Charlie McCann of looks at today’s cards

Charlie McCann of looks at today’s cards Douvan will face a maximum of 14 rivals bidding to maintain his unbeaten record over fences in next week’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The dual festival hero has been sublime thus far this term, extending his unbeaten record to nine over fences, and is the 2/7 favourite bidding to complete a hat-trick of Cheltenham success in the spring, following his efforts in the Supreme Novices Hurdle two years’ ago and his facile Arkle success 12 months ago. He could face stablemates Un De Sceaux and Vroum Vroum Mag with both entered at the five-day stage however, the former is the current 5/2 favourite with BetVictor for the Ryanair Chase 24 hours later, whilst the latter is entered in three races over hurdles at […]

Charlie McCann of with Tuesday’s best bets

Charlie McCann of with Tuesday’s best bets Just a week to the start of the Cheltenham Festival and the money on Monday morning came for Neon Wolf (4/1 from 5/1) at BetVictor for Neon Wolf not in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f) but for the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Harry Fry insists the ground would need to be soft on the opening day to consider the Supreme and it is possible that it is just punters insuring their Neptune bet given most bookmakers are non runner no bet for the Festival. Top Irish jockey Mark Walsh was also confirmed as the partner for both Yanworth (Champion Hurdle) and Uxizandre (Ryanair Chase) and was immediately cut in the betting from 10s to 8/1 with BetVictor to be the top jockey at the Festival. Soft […]

Jack Milner previews Monday’s cards

Definitely Red was the weekend’s most impressive winner, bolting-up by fifteen lengths in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. Brian Ellison’s 8yo has long been the apple of his trainer’s eye and after claiming a second competitive handicap chase of the season, is now 14/1 from 20s and 33s to win the biggest one of all. The gelding got a brilliant ride from Danny Cook in the plate, as did The Last Samuri who plugged on to finish second in the closing stages. Last year’s runner-up remains a 16/1 chance with BetVictor to go one better in the Grand National in the spring, and trainer Kim Bailey was reportedly delighted and all roads now leading to Aintree. Grand National prices from BetVictor Vieux Lion Rouge 10/1 Defintly Red 14/1 (from 33s) The Last Samuri 16/1 Blaklion […]

Darren Goodbody previews the Supreme Novices Hurdle

Darren Goodbody previews the Supreme Novices Hurdle On average we will see 50,000 visitors a day at Prestbury Park for the 2017 Festival. I have been a keen goer to this meeting over the past decade plus but sadly I did not get to see Douvan in the flesh winning this prestigious contest. I have though been very much privileged to see the likes of Champagne Fever, Vautour, Al Ferof, Menorah and my very first visit all those years ago when Brave Inca landed the race. Nothing comes close to hear that Cheltenham roar around the whole of the Gloucestershire hills when the tape goes up to start the most prestigious National Hunt meeting in the world. Every year we see old champions renewing their challenge, mainly in different races taking on the new breed. […]

Charlie McCann previews Saturday’s cards

Charlie McCann previews Saturday’s cards Competitive cards from Doncaster and Newbury this afternoon and it is Greatwood day at the Berkshire track with the feature the Veterans’ Chase over the best part of three-and-a-quarter miles. Kim Bailey’s Harry Topper (2.05) cannot have the ground soft enough and Friday’s heavy rain will suit the gelding down to the round. The 10-year-old was taken off his feet at Exeter last time but was doing all his best work at the end of the race. The selection (9/2 with BetVictor) did win a good novice chase here on heavy ground and he wouldn’t want the ground to dry out too much today. O’Faolains Boy was a big disappointment at Ascot on his reappearance but is thrown in on his best form. The Rebecca Curtis yard continue to be […]