So, with just a week to go now (a week, goddammit!) I thought that it might be handy to put links to all my recent Festival ante-post blogs in one place. Obviously, since I wrote them some fancies have fallen by the wayside, but that’s the nature of the beast. As well as that, below are my selections for every race, with some decent value still available. Prices given are the best NRNB ones available.
SUPREME NOVICES HURDLE: Mister Fisher 10/1 (advised at 33/1); Itchy Feet 25/1 (advised at 33/1); The Big Bite 40/1 (advised at 66/1)
BALLYMORE NOVICES HURDLE: Brewin’upastorm 10/1 (advised at 33/1)
ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES HURDLE: Dickie Diver 8/1 (advised at 14/1)
MARES NOVICES HURDLE: Epatante 9/4 (NAP of the meeting)
Click here for my novice hurdles blog from February, which all still stands apart from Danny Kirwan, who misses the Festival.
CHAMPION HURDLE: Espoir D’allen 16/1ew (advised at 16/1ew… don’t think he’ll win but easily the each-way value bet if one of the big three underperform)
STAYERS HURDLE: Faugheen 5/1 (advised at 9/1)
MARES HURDLE: Benie Des Dieux 11/10 (advised at 7/4)
ARKLE NOVICE CHASE: Kalashnikov 10/1
JLT NOVICE CHASE: Defi Du Seuil 7/2; Vinndication 8/1 (advised at 33/1)
RSA NOVICE CHASE: Santini 7/2 (advised at 12/1); Topofthegame 4/1 (advised at 25/1)
NATIONAL HUNT CHASE: Ballyward 7/2
Click here for my blog on the novice chasers written in September. A fair bit has changed since then but I’m sticking with Kalashnikov in what looks an average Arkle, while Santini and Topofthegame are both looking good for the RSA.
CHAMPION CHASE: Altior 2/5
RYANAIR CHASE: Un De Sceaux 7/1
GOLD CUP: Al Boum Photo 14/1; Might Bite 14/1
ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE: Give Me A Copper 13/2 (advised at 7/1) ; Minella Rocco 10/1 (advised at 10/1)
CLOSE BROTHERS HANDICAP CHASE: Highway One O One 14/1 (advised at 14/1) ; A Plus Tard 10/1
CORAL CUP: Killultagh Vic 25/1 (advised at 25/1); Cracking Smart 14/1 (advised at 20/1); Brio Conti 14/1; Vision Des Flos 16/1
CROSS COUNTRY CHASE: Tiger Roll 11/10 ; Josies Orders 7/1
FRED WINTER (BOODLES) JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE: Surin 14/1
BUMPER: Blue Sari 4/1
PERTEMPS FINAL: Samburu Shujaa 10/1 (advised at 12/1)
BROWN & ADVISORY PLATE: Count Meribel 25/1; Spiritofthegames 10/1
KIM MUIR AMATEURS CHASE: Cogry 33/1
TRIUMPH HURDLE: Sir Erec 21/20
COUNTY HURDLE: Lisp 25/1; Leoncavallo 25/1 (advised at 33/1); Pingshou 33/1 (advised at 33/1)
FOXHUNTERS: Shantou Flyer 9/1; Wonderful Charm 14/1
GRAND ANNUAL: Magic Saint 7/1 (advised at 20/1); Diakali 40/1 (advised at 40/1)
MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONALS HURDLE: Early Doors 20/1 (advised at 20/1)
Click below for my three handicap blogs from last month.