Frankel will, of course, win the Dewhurst so include him in all multiples (currently 8/11).
Now, on to Cheltenham’s interesting card.
2.05 I’ve already posted Aiteen Thirtythree on Twitter and Paul Nicholls has encouraged me with his comments that the horse is “much more the finished article” and “straight for this”. As a 6-y-o we can reasonably expect him to have benefited from the summer break. Currently 2.4 on Betfair but the market’s not got going yet.
2.40 This is early in the season for a handicap like this and who knows which of them is ready to run to form? Passato is interesting, has the benefit of being race fit and is therefore the selection but I’m also watching Yellow Flag. Notable that AP is on the former notwithstanding that Yellow Flag is a JP horse.
Also good to see Zeturf.com maintaining their association with Cheltenham.
3.15 This is maybe not as good a race as it initially appears. It’s all about whether Barizan can blaze and stay. I think that Paul Nicholls is being a little coy about Royal Mix who beat Me Voici last season and was then put away. Followers of French racing will know the National Hunt strength of the family and I see this one as a big player in the current season. Significant that he’s been placed here for his return and, of course, the trainer means that we don’t need to worry about him being fit for it.
3.50 Billie Magern is the obvious choice here and I’ve had a little 7/1 on Betfair. Picture This is the clear threat.
4.25 Not a betting option for me but won’t be surprised to see Great Mates win, based purely on connections.
5.00 Kotkidy with Andrew Lynch on board is here for a reason and 5/1 is an appealling price (which I’ve taken). Ghizao is the obvious threat.
5.35 Well, what do you do with a bumber at this time of year? I’ll probably swerve it but if the day’s been good I might have a little go with Sybarite.