Well, Princeful was sold at auction at Cheltenham last Friday so the website www.princeful.co.uk is now on wind-down.
I’ll be transferring some of the features in the site here over the next few weeks including the gallery, racing news feeds and racing results.
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.
Really happy with my new iPad. Had it for a week and this evening sorted out the best apps so much better now.
No point having a netbook when the iPad is so much quicker and better. My Eee is good but will now be parked in the house in France. Only downside is that I’ll have to bring the iPad anyway!
You might think that I’ve given you good placepot opportunities for two locations.
2.20 I’m strongly in favour of Domtaline which is going to be a serious player for the full season. Perfect opportunity to catch a good horse before the season really gets going.
2.50 Reject William Hogarth because he’s the classic flat to jumps bad idea. Therefore go with Park Lane and be worried about Pennellis.
3.25 Watamu Bay will win easily. Big bet.
4.00 Racing Post goes for Olofi as a nap but I disagree. My selection is Escort’ men who I think could be one of the horses of the season. Have a look at the form and I think you’ll agree.
4.35 I agree with Racing Post that the choice here is Santera in a handicap in which the top weights are dodgy.
5.10 Based on what PF Nicholls has to say, we have to go with Gullible Gordon for a race like this. For me, this is a horse in the right race and he’s therefore placed to find a win for Bunty Millard.
5.45 A Bumper with no form at all to go with. The papers have to offer a choice; I don’t! I wouldn’t be surprised if Merehead wins but I certainly wouldn’t bet on it!
I’ve been doing alright tonight but I’ve now arrived at the Balieys’ time!
You should therefore disregard all that follows!
2.25 There’s No Panic
They wouldn’t put him in here if they didn’t think he was going to win. 2pt win
2.55 No selection
I like Fiendish Flame but I suspect this is lined up for one we don’t know.
3.30 This is a bad race and no selection.
4.05 Very interested in Alflora. Breeding suggests this could be a good call for this type of race. Well placed?
4.40 Oh my goodness, this is a proper handicap! I’m going to go with younger horses and that means I’moncloudnine. I’m worried about Midnight Gold. He’s cost me before at Ffos las.
5.15 I really like this one. For me it’s Pouvoir v Otage de Brion and I favour the latter. As it stands I like Otage at 5.7 om Betfair.
5.50 A mares’ bumper has to be dodgy but Fiddlededee looks like a safe option.
2.25 There’s No Panic
2.55 Fiendish Flame
5.15 Otage de Brion
Just got much better flight times from Ryanair for my trip to France in late November. Return from Limoges 4.30 p.m. instead of 9.50 a.m.
I can now have a proper night out on Saturday.