LONDON Cheltenham Preview Debrief

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening held in London on Tuesday 25 February.On the panel:DJ: DARYL JACOB (Jockey)GC: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM (Channel 4 Racing)BE: BILL ESDAILE (City AM Racing Editor)LT: LUKE TARR (Head of PR, Star Sports)Don’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HERETuesday 11 MarchSUPREME NOVICES HURDLEGC and DJ both keen on VAUTOURBE sweet on WILDE BLUE YONDER at a decent pricePanel agreed that IRVING is now plenty short enough.ARKLE CHASELT and GC both supporters of TRIFOLIUMThe panel were collectively against ROCK ON RUBYDJ keen on his ride DODGING BULLETSCHAMPION HURDLEStar Sports prices showed THE NEW ONE and HURRICANE FLY as 3/1 joint favs with MY TENT OR YOURS and OUR CONOR as the 9/2 joint second favs.Both GC and LT both thought the betting was the wrong way round and the 9/2 joint second favs should in fact be the 3/1 joint favs !Selections:DJ HURRICANE FLYGC OUR CONORLT MY TENT OR YOURSBE HURRICANE FLYGC was of the belief that ANNIE POWER would in fact run here in the Champion Hurdle to which LT added that she would be 9/2 not the current 7/1 if that was confirmed.Wednesday 12 MarchNEPTUNE NOVICES HURDLEThe panel were all agreed that this totally revolves around the front two in the market FAUGHEEN and RED SHERLOCK especially as there are likely to be several non runners behind them.The panel were united behind the chances of FAUGHEEN.RSA CHASEBE was keen to remind everyone that he is on a 5 timer in this race !! MORNING ASSEMBLY is Bill’s chosen one this year.All the panel though the current market leaders BALLYCASEY and SMAD PLACE were very short.LT and GC nominated MANY CLOUDS as their best each way bets of the week.DJ SAM WINNER a sound each way chance and ‘overpriced’ at 14/1QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASEThe panel agreed that whilst SIRE DE GRUGY deserved to be favourite the current price is skinny. GC however was quite happy with 5/2 SIRE DE GRUGY as a bet.All also agreed that ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE is not only the hardest horse name in training to spell correctly but also doesn’t go left handed and were sceptical as to whether the promised ‘special’ head gear will make a difference and thought it was a massive lay.CROSS COUNTRY HANDICAP CHASEDJ rides DIAMOND HARRY and thought it had an each way chance.LT and GC both respected chances of favourite BIG SHU and if anything thought it should be shorter.FRED WINTER HANDICAP HURDLEIt was thought that DAWALAN would go off a lot shorter than the current 10/1Thursday 13 MarchJLT NOVICE CHASEDJ closely connected with WONDERFUL CHARM who he is keen on.LT Thought OSCAR WHISKEY and TAQUIN DU SEUIL would be 1-2 again as they were earlier in the season.GC a fan of WONDERFUL CHARM and also VUKOVAR who has been well backed with Star Sports.BE FELIX YONGERSo, that’s the top of the market covered between the panel !! May the best man win.RYANAIR CHASELT main bet of the week AL FEROF at 5/1. He’s convinced it won’t go off bigger than 3/1.DJ aother AL FEROF supporter.Only other one likely to be backed is GC selection DYNASTEBE Keen on FIRST LIEUTENANT (with a run)WORLD HURDLEDJ obviously close to BIG BUCK’S and feels he has come on lot after his defeat in the Cleeve Hurdle. He rides CELESTIAL HALO who he considers very much has each way claims.GC keen to be against BIG BUCK’SBE One of his ‘bets of the week’ RULE THE WORLDLT No idea !! But SALUBRIOUS ew at 20/1 offered up.Friday 14 MarchTRIUMPH HURDLEThe panel were all keen on CALIPTODJ Thinks LE ROCHER wants ground on the soft sideA strong vibe that ACTIVIAL will not run.ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICE HURDLESimilar shape to the Neptune. Front two solid with loads of non runners likely.LT and BE are big KINGS PALACE fansGC favouring BRIAR HILLGOLD CUPMajority opinion it’s between top two in market- the 2013 winner BOBS WORTH and SILVINIACO CONTI who fell 12 months ago when still travelling very well.DJ in doubt – would pick SILVINIACO CONTI ‘every day of the week’ if he could pick a ride. He DOES ride ROCKY CREEK and he is convinced he has a real ew chance with the likely non runners.GC BOBS WORTHLT and BE FIRST LIEUTENANT NRNB interesting but conceded most likely winner is BOBS WORTHCOUNTY HANDICAP HURDLEDJ rides LAC FONTANA who he puts in good word for.FOXHUNTER CHASEGC ON THE FRINGEBETS OF THE WEEKDARYL JACOBNAP: AL FEROF BEST EW: LAC FONTANAGRAHAM CUNNINGHAMNAP: TRIFOLIUM BEST EW: MANY COLOURSLUKE TARRNAP: AL FEROFBEST EW: MANY CLOUDSBILL ESDAILE *(* who clearly wants to sleep with Mouse Morris !)NAP: RULE THE WORLDBEST EW: FIRST LIEUTENANTWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more