Less winners than I would have preferred last weekend but that’s often the way in this game, hopefully I’ve worked out a couple of “good things” for you this Saturday!
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Cheltenham takes centre stage and as always is the case the card is ultra competitive and with a good amount prize money on offer. I may not have been the only one to notice but after a few quiet weeks the powerful yards once again come to the fore. The yards of Paul Nicholls, David Pipe and Nicky Henderson (to name but a few), have fired in numerous winners in the last couple of weeks and have strong chances of repeating the feat this Saturday.
Starting with Nicky Henderson’s French import KENTUCKY HYDEN (6/4 BetVictor) who runs in the first race at Cheltenham – the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial. Providing this horse handles the better ground this afternoon, he can start us off with a winner. After what looked to me like mediocre efforts in his homeland he was bought by his new connections and moved to Lambourn where the climate and environment certainly seemed to suit as he romped home by 33 lengths at Sandown on heavy ground. A slight concern is that the form is yet to be franked and those behind him look far worse in terms of quality. Winning this race is a much more difficult proposition so I would what to leave alone any price less than 6/4, but as he did really catch the eye and could possibly be something a little special he’s worth a punt.
My second bet comes courtesy of Paul Nicholls and his promising runner BLACK THUNDER (5/6 Coral). This horse contests the Grade 2 RSA Novices Trial at Lingfield and will be looking to make it three wins in a row. Like a lot of the stable’s horses, he reappeared over hurdles at Haydock before starting his new career over fences! A neck victory at Fontwell over 2m4f reminded connections he has more stamina than speed and he showed further improvement next time out at Haydock with a more comfortable win over just shy of 3m. That trip awaits him here, and I can see no reason why he cannot land the hat trick.
KENTUCKY HYDEN (6/4 BetVictor)
BLACK THUNDER (5/6 Coral)
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