The Festival is just under 6 weeks away and excitement is building. Even I’m starting to get the buzz! It usually takes me until mid-February before I start thinking about the most exciting week of the year. During the winter jumps season I very much go from day to day and weekend to weekend. I don’t like what I call ‘premature festivalisation’ .. I find endless Festival chat, especially from November, to be boring, tiresome and pointless. It annoys me. I’m a firm believer that these great animals should be celebrated from race to race. But, that’s just my own view. Many don’t share it. But, from now on, my Festival embargo has been lifted on these pages. Talk away 🙂
The purpose of this post is to provide a space where you can chat away in the comments, discussing any ante-post fancies you have or horses you are looking forward to.
If you wish to share please state the horse, the race, and a sentence on why you fancy it. There is no point in just listing a horse (s) as that just defeats the object of the exercise. Also try and be succinct and keep comments short enough. 🙂 (a note for myself if nothing else!) That will help esp when you reply to certain comments and will allow readers to flick through with ease. This is very much a ‘horse based’ piece/comments section, NOT a general chat on Cheltenham/your approach. There will be a time for that.
As with last year I look forward to reading your many thoughts and fancies.
I’m not a big Ante-Post player. Indeed you can count the number of AP bets i’ve had in recent years on about 3 fingers! I did throw £10 at Might Bite at 10/1 for the Gold Cup, at some point before Christmas. We shall see how that turns out. Bar it coming up testing, and bar him darting off to the right again, he should take all the beating I think. I wouldn’t touch him at his current odds.
The Festival 2018
As with last year there will be comprehensive coverage on this blog. Last year I put all content behind a paywall and will be doing so again. (members have full access as part of subscription) That was a reflection of the amount of work I put in (10h+ days) and the fact we have done quite well in recent years. I tend to focus on 14 races.. the 10 handicaps and the other ‘marathon’ races… the NH Chase, Potato Race, RSA, Gold Cup.
I managed to find 4 winners from those races I tipped in (12/13 in the end): Tiger Roll (16s) , Tully East (10>8s), Presenting Percy (11s), Champagne Classic (20s>12s)
The week also includes the big handicap from Uttoxeter on the Saturday. Last year I added Chase The Spud (20s) to the haul of winners that week, giving any followers around +63 points or so to advised stakes (usually 1 point win, with a 25 point bank or so). Clearly I mite bite your hand off to repeat those results again! It is hard work but my unique approach has had some success. I’ll have a shocker one of these years but it’s great fun.
There will be more news in due course for those of you who wish to join me during that week. But that discussion is for another time. (it will be through ClickBank again so you can get a full refund ,no questions asked, if it gets to the end of the week and you didn’t enjoy it)
If you have any strong AP wagers or horses you are really looking forward to, then post away. Has anyone spotted a handicap plot job??
I look forward to reading your musings, and thanks for getting involved,