Hello… this is just a post for you to chat down in the comments about all things Cheltenham…
Who are you really keen on at this stage?
Are you sitting on any healthy looking Ante-Post bets? Do share!
Which race are you most looking forward to?
Is there a horse who’d you’d enjoy seeing hack up? (not necessarily punting wise)
Is there any trainer, or trainers, you think will dominate?
All thoughts, comments and questions welcome down below…
Thanks to Paul E for providing the following notes on the recent preview evening he attended…
Skybet Cheltenham Preview – Tuesday 8th March 2022
Hosted by Ed Chamberlain and Oli Bell with inputs from people below. The thing about previews is loads of horses and opinions are said, and its difficult to keep track. I’ve split this into 3 main areas.
- My three main takeouts from the session
- Day by Day
- Key points from Willie Mullins interview in my opinion
Days 1 and 2 – Graeme Cunningham (GC), Dave Ord (DO), Michael Shinners (MS), Billy Timeform (BT)
Days 3 and 4 – GC, Ben Linfoot (BL), Dan Barber (DB), MS
Some insights from Daryl Jacob too (DJ). Daryl is back riding at Cheltenham hopefully on the Friday. His injury looked terrible. Daryl’s nap is Allaho, thinks Blue Lord is a nice horse in Arkle.
My three main takeouts from the session
1.Thursday – Pertemps Final – Sire du Berlais – MS went to Elliott yard last week who said “the race doesn’t look strong” and he has another horse as favourite. Sire record at Cheltenham Festival is first, first, second, 2 wins in this, DB said really good ew bet, BL said 7lbs claimer already booked for it
Honest Vic – Thursday Pertemps final. Around 20-1, really liked by Oli Bell and BL
2.Tuesday – Queens Brook, Mares Hurdle “DO reports thrived since last run and money for it”
3.Wednesday – Tiger Roll. Barely a mention all night. MS says “if soft, Delta Work is a good thing”
Day by Day
|Supreme||Sir Gerhard Dysart Dynamo if SG doesn’t run||Jonbon, big field, fast pace||Thinks D Dynamo will run here, will take beating||Jonbon, forgotten horse|
|Arkle||Closely matched set of horses, Saint Sam plausible||No opinion||Haut En Coleurs potentially best in time||Edwardstone may drift on day|
|Champion||Tommys Oscar in without fav market||Honeysuckle 10lbs lower than last year||Honeysuckle wont be beat||Hundreds of request a bets have Honeyscukle in|
|Other Bests||Run Wild Fred||Queens Brook||Dysart Dynamo HMS Seahorse ew|
|Ballymore||Sir Gerhard or Dysart Dynamo||Sir Gerhard throwback to Barton, Monsignor etc||Sir Gerhard runs he wins|
|Brown Advisory||Bravemansgame “tremendous attitude”||Bravemansgame||British win here, Gaillard Du Mesnil ew possibly||Ed C – unless a deluge, L’Homme Presse will run here|
|Queen Mum||At price, Energumene||Shishkin will win||Shishkin takes all beating||Chacun well supported|
|Other Bests||Good Risk At All if gets in Drop The Anchor||Andy Dufresne – Grand Annual||Drop The Anchor||Delta Work on soft|
|Turners||Bob Olinger, more functional||Leans towards Bob Olinger||No bet race, soft spot for Galopin des Champs|
|Ryanair||Allaho||Hopes Shan Blue has a war with Allaho||Janidil each-way at 12s, thinks it will cut up||Allaho in many accas and request a bets|
|Stayers||Thyme Hill is solid one||Quite likes Sporting John||Paisley Park if you can get him to start|
|Other Bests||Imperial Alcazar||Honest Vic and Impervious – mares novices||Sire du Berlais, great ew bet||Sire du Berlais|
|Gold Cup||Watch weather closely. If soft prefers Galvin, if not soft/heavy A Plus Tard||Like to see Conflated run here with hood off, no strong views||Tactical affair, no strong pace, A plus Tard only had 4 staying chases.||Personal – no mention of any UK horses|
|Other Bests||Fil Dor||Top Bandit Chemical Energy Hollow Games (Martin pipe) State Man is fav in 3 hcaps|
Willie Mullins key points
He’s most looking forward to Facile Vega
Day 1 – I got the hunch Willie will run Sir Gerhard in the Supreme with Kilcruit. “have to see how we divide them”. Dysart they are teaching how to settle and he doesn’t have to make the running
Appreciate It “in great order, did a beautiful piece of work”, think they’re looking forward to a crack at Honeysuckle
Gaelic Warrior I sense will be his only Boodles runner
Stattler didn’t work well at The Curragh.
Day 2 –
Energumene “very tough to beat Shishkin/overturn form”
His eyes lit up at Facile Vega, he did mention about 5 other Bumper horses, Madmansgame he thought would relish the hill, never stopped at Navan
Day 3 –
Galopin Des Champs – “likes to get on with it, favouring Turners, but depends on talks with jockey”
Allaho “in good form, repeats last year, hard to beat”
Melon “worked very well, pulled away from his work companion”
Day 4 – Vauban “progessing all time”
Icare Allen “wouldn’t discount him from Triumph”
Al Boum Photo – “tough for him to win Gold Cup, jockey pleased with him”
Tornado Flyer – “Gold Cup will suit, extra 2 furlongs will suit him”
Thanks to Paul for those notes,