HERE WE GO! Get ready for the Greatest Show on Turf!

This year's Cheltenham Festival is certainly going to feel a little different but it shouldn't affect the quality of racing on show during the four-day extravaganza.

Day 1 of the festival kicks-off on Tuesday at 1.20 with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle then follows four days, 28 races, hundreds of horses and million dreams of Cheltenham glory on the line.

It's going to be some week so let's get stuck in…

Each day I'll be posting a race-by-race preview, alongside the Voice of Value. There's too much to fit them all on one page so click the links below to read about each race in depth. All the tips are summarised here though.

Race-by-Race Tips & Racecard

⭕️ 1.20 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard

“Appreciate It has made a seamless transition to hurdles, winning both starts, and was particular impressive at Leopardstown’s Christmas fixture when readily repelling Ballyadam”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip
    • No bet but back Appreciate It if you can get 6-4 or better on the day

⭕️ 1.55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Preview, Tips and Racecard

“Shiskin's jumping has been a joy to behold and with absence of Energumene this should be a straightforward task Nicky Henderson's star”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip
    • No bet

⭕️ 2.30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Preview, Tips and Racecard

“Harriet Graham’s Scottish raider Aye Right, a sure-footed jumper, chased home Cloth Cap in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and has to be a serious contender”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip

⭕️ 3.05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard

“The big three – Honeysuckle, Epatante and Goshen – dominate the market, and Henry de Bromhead’s mare Honeysuckle is favourite to extend her incredible unbeaten sequence to 12 in a thriller”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip
    • Sharjah ew at 14/1 with SkyBet

⭕️ 3.40 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard

“It is hard to see past the Mullins-trained CONCERTISTA on the back of her towering performance in last year’s Dawn Run Novices’ Hurdle”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip

⭕️ 4.15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Preview, Tips and Racecard

“Traditionally, the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is one of the week’s major head-scratchers but there may be a stand-out performer this season”

  • Thommo's Tip
  • Voice of Value's Tip

⭕️ 4.50 National Hunt Novices’ Chase Preview, Tips and Racecard

“Next Destination, a prolific winner in Ireland for Willie Mullins, has won both his starts over fences for Paul Nicholls and rates a knocking bet.”

  • Thommo's Tip
    • Next Destination 7/2 (Casumo)
  • Voice of Value's Tip
    • Remastered 2pt ew at 8-1 with Paddy Power (paying 4 places)
Elsewhere at Cheltenham on Tuesday

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💬 Let's hear your tips for day one at the Cheltenham Festival in the comments section below.

113 Comments
  1. double carpet 4 months ago

    It’s finally here ….

    Roughly 25% less runners on Day 1 than last year, both Covid and Brexit have made their presence felt but still some great races to luck forward to, hopefully.
    ALL my bets have been done Antepost, with some done as early as Sept 2020, some have worked out well, some have gone in the bin, but that’s the chance you take. I’m not going to put up prices as I don’t think that’s fair.
    There was 10mm of rain overnight and the going is now soft gd/sft in places.
    I will put up some pointers for some of the races but you could also look up the trends yourself as they may help particularly the h’caps.
    2 I use are Gaulstats and Juicestorm but there are many others to choose from.
    Other things to consider, Jack Kennedy has an excellent return over the past 5 years of +47.00 and a 42% place strike rate so just backing all his mounts ew could be profitable this year.
    Gordon Elliott has similar stats in the trainer dept but obviously that will be difficult to monitor this year with some having moved on.

    1.20 Supreme

    Although many stats are against Appreciate it, he has the best form in the race and should take all the beating, especially now that the ground has turned softer which will bring his stamina into play.
    I backed Ballyadam before the DRF ew and although he has a bit to find hopefully he can finish in the first 3.

    Arkle

    Shishkin wins…..but also have Captain Guiness ew at a big price, so again hopefully he finishes in the first 3.

    Ultima

    Not a good race for irish horses, and its also not a good race for some of NH’s best sires
    Milan, Fleminsfirth, Presenting, Old Vic or Oscar have yet to have a winner of this race.
    I’m on Happygolucky who ticks all the trend boxes and won well over C&D in nov.

    Champion Hurdle

    I’m hoping Honeysuckle can win but it’s a fascinating renewal and should be a great race.
    I’ve also backed Blue Lord ew

    Mares

    Concertista has been my banker of the festival since Honeysuckle was switched, but I’m a bit nervous now the ground has turned softer.
    If she fails to win it will scupper my multiples as she’s pretty much in all of them.

    Boodles

    Looking for a horse rated 124=134 and French bred. Both Nixholls and Elliott have a very good record in the race.
    I’ve backed Riviere D’etel and at a huge price Jeff Kidder for Noel Meade.

    NH Chase

    I’ve been on Galvin since he won at Cheltenham in Oct. He’s been put away since but that’s not a problem as he goes well fresh.
    Plenty of money has come for Next Destination but at 9 I don’t think there’s much improvement left in him. Nicholls has never won the race so I’m hoping that stat continues. I’m also hoping that Willie Mullins wouldn’t let a good one go !!

    Enjoy the racing and let’s hope it’s a profitable first day

    BOL

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    • wn 4 months ago

      Hey DC, nice write up.

      Whats your concern with the soft ground for Concertista, plenty of form on soft and by Nathaniel? Or is it more you think it brings other horses into play like Roksana?

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Correction……Blue Lord is in Supreme not CH. I highlighted him in the wrong race.

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    • postman 4 months ago

      Great write up DC. Like the pointer to Jack Kennedy thanks

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    • postman 4 months ago

      That Jeff Kidder is a great form boost for Zanahiyr in the Triumph

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  2. double carpet 4 months ago

    Yeah, it’s the latter point you make. If it was 2m wouldn’t be worried. 2 1/2 against Roksana on soft won’t be easy.
    It is to be dry tomorrow though, so by race time the ground could be better
    GL

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  3. theplug 4 months ago

    Cheltenham
    1-20 Appreciate 10/11 it will love the going.
    1-55 Shishkin no bet for me
    2-30 Pym ew 14/1 bad race for the favs
    3-05 Honeysuckle my nap of the meeting 9/4 will love the going
    3-40 Concertista 11/8
    4-15 Busselton 9/1
    4-50 Galvin 10/30
    p.power going 9/1 on Appreciate ,Shishkin, Concertista
    good luck all

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  4. MB 4 months ago

    Anyone any tips on top jockey or top trainer without Paul Townend or Willie Mullins

    • theplug 4 months ago

      H DE Bromhead x R Blackmore

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  5. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    3-40 black tears (without concertista and roksana 3-1 *NAP *
    ——————————
    Posted 2 days ago
    Honeysuckle 5-2
    Galvin 9-4
    2 singles and double
    —————————–
    Place only picks
    1-20 soaring glory 6-4 top 3 place.
    1-55 allmankind 11-8 top 2 place.
    3-05 eptante 6-4 top 2 place
    3-40 black tears 7-4 top 3 place.
    ——————————-
    Each way
    1-20 soaring glory 10-1 paying 3 places.

    1-55 allmankind 6-1 paying 2 places.

    2-30 aye right 6-1 (skybet paying 7 places)

    3-05 silver streak 16-1 (hills paying 5 places)

    3-40 black tears 11-1 (bet victor paying 4 places)

    4-15 the 2 zoffs.
    Glorious zoff
    Zoffanien
    Both 25-1 (betfred paying 6 places).

    4-50 snow leopardess 18-1 (Paddy power paying 4 places)
    ——————————

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    • elvis parsley 4 months ago

      Ok there is a lot here, but I’ve been saving and there is only one Cheltenham isn’t there.
      Crate of grolsch at the ready 🍺.
      And await the roooaaarrr at 1-20 pm.

      Good luck with your punts people’s 🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇

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    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Galvin drifting like a barge Elvis it’s not even 2nd fav now.

    • postman 4 months ago

      Top shout on Black Tears Elvis, Top Shout

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    • elvis parsley 4 months ago

      Glad it drifted deb2000 👍🏇

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  6. azzthewigan 4 months ago

    goshen 3.o5 only horse I’m backing today well done all winners today good luck everyone well done all winners today

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    • azzthewigan 4 months ago

      yesterday soz

  7. double carpet 4 months ago

    You may remember during the DRF I mentioned I would be keeping an eye on Blue Sari as a plot horse for Cheltenham.
    Initially I thought his target would be the County but he’s now in the Coral and being backed off the boards

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    • theplug 4 months ago

      DC all the money coming for the honeysuckle now too 5/2 into 11/8.
      Epatante x Goshen on the drift.
      only 1 fav won on the first day last year hope it wont be the same today 🤞

  8. double carpet 4 months ago

    Quite some move plug.
    Fingers crossed

  9. lossie jim 4 months ago

    I just have that sneaking feeling that Henderson will have Epetante spot on and primed, as he usually always has them ready for this meeting.

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      You could very well be right Jim.
      Almost becoming an ew saver price as I can’t see her out of the first 3.

    • lossie jim 4 months ago

      I note the horse has went 4’s >7/2 > 10/3 with skybet this morning.

    • theplug 4 months ago

      same as all trainers lossie jim should be a cracker of a race thou

  10. postman 4 months ago

    Drift on Allaho is alarming, following the same pattern as Altior over the weekend.

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Yeah 10s on the exchanges

  11. Deb2000 4 months ago

    If anyone uses WH remember and do the scratch of today promo 1st last 2 days it’s been bet up to 50 quid on a Cheltenham bet and they will match it with a free bet to use 👍

  12. Gateacre Pete 4 months ago

    Lucky 15 🍀today e/w
    Sedge 2.55 Westdante 45/1
    Sedge 3.30 Tico Times 66 /1
    Chelt. 4.15 Her indoors 33/1
    Chelt 4.50 Ofalltheginjoints 33/1

    Good luck everyone

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    • Parzov 4 months ago

      Thanks Pete I couldn’t get the same prices as you but got her indoors 33/1 ofalltheginjoints 28/1 westdante 25/1 tico times 22/1. I Just done Yankee to try and save some of my betting money.

      Thanks Pete

    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Pete when did you put that bet on to get 66s for Tic Times ? 👍

    • insider 4 months ago

      was going to comment also, was 22s when posted and as low as 14s, posting wrong prices doesnt help as we can read into a non-existent smash up job etc.

    • theplug 4 months ago

      Pete if all those win the bookies may close .🤣
      best of luck

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    • lossie jim 4 months ago

      I’ve got a really small ew lucky 15

      Neitzche 33/1
      Aspire Tower 25/1
      My Sister Sara 50/1
      The Mighty Don 40/1

    • g-unit 4 months ago

      tico times!!!!!!!!! cheers pete!

  13. Parzov 4 months ago

    Any one got any certs or have a really good chance that I can do in a win double

    Was going to do honeysuckle and shishkin in a win double. Any advice would really be appreciated thank you

    • gengar1989 4 months ago

      Paddy powers 9/1 bet looks really decent

      Honeysuckle is my pick of the day but the value has gone and I can’t see shiskin being troubled if I’m honest maybe Epetante w/o honey suckle and shiskin will be a better price only horse you would have any concern about imo is goshen but I think it’s between the top two this year good luck mate roksana w/o concertia is also a very good bet at around 2/1

    • insider 4 months ago

      that double at current prices is 2.2/1 not the worst given the prices but why not look to the place market using some of the mentions on here, have a couple bankers and mix in a few randoms, so 5 £2 accas instead of a £10 double. for example GALVIN is 10/11 for 3 places. BUSSLETON is 6/4 for 5 places, list is endless.

    • Parzov 4 months ago

      Thank you for your reply insider and gengarI will pick 2 ew prices to try get bigger return. Thank you for all your advice. 👍

  14. gengar1989 4 months ago

    No johnb tips for Cheltenham :(

    Hopefully we all have a good year this year good luck to all not putting mine up today has everything I’ve picked has already had a mention. Good luck all hoping for a great week any winnings 10% will be donated to mr f and the site for all the years of help and meeting some great people here.

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  15. Alves 4 months ago

    Shiskin is EVENS WITH boylesport, £10 max limited time

    • winners are grinners 4 months ago

      Can’t seen anything for this

    • Alves 4 months ago

      Seen it on twitter, posted by Boylesport at 11.00am on the dot. Maybe had to click link but would’ve been on the site somewhere

  16. ew thief 4 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Soaring glory 1.20c 10-1
    Vintage clouds 2.30c 25-1
    Sharjah 3.05c 9-1
    Great white shark 3.40c 18-1
    Her indoors 4.15c 22-1
    Lord Royal 4.50c 15-2
    Ew singles & ew lucky63☘️☘️Gl all

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    • insider 4 months ago

      I didnt turn off ITV after the Morning Show, Minder came on, what a terrible show by the way, but the old guy on there said ”Her Indoors” as I was reading the other mention for it, the universe doesn’t let me down often. GL

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    • dazzman1979 4 months ago

      Well done with vintage clouds 👍amazing price 28/1

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Cracker ew thief

      Vintage Clouds

    • ew thief 4 months ago

      Cheers lads on we go ☘️☘️

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  17. dan1987 4 months ago

    Insider I heard the same thing and thought must be a sign haha I’ll stick a few pound on that! Good luck 🤞

    • postman 4 months ago

      If it wins you will be laughing all the way to the Leeds :)

  18. postman 4 months ago

    OK I;m Playing.

    2:30 Milan Native
    3:05 James Du Berlais
    3:40 Minella Melody
    4:15 Sage Advice
    4:50 Lord Royal

    20% of my stake to win & 80% of my stake to place
    Fingers crossed all horses, not just the ones that I have choosen but all 82 of them get round safe & sound

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  19. Gateacre Pete 4 months ago

    Sorry Debs, stuck in work so can’t correspond, only on breaks. Put it on last night cos I knew I wouldn’t get much time today. Think the bookies are watching my every move😂. Good luck today

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    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Ok no probs Pete good luck 👍

    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Nice1 Pete the returning 20s will do me 👏👏👏

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    • insider 4 months ago

      nice 1 pete, sadly 20 on WESTDANTE top 5 comes 6, so only 5 on TICO but still massive ROI.

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  20. double carpet 4 months ago

    Pissed it

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    • lossie jim 4 months ago

      So much for all the doubters

  21. double carpet 4 months ago

    Nothing against Luke Harvey, comes across as a nice guy, but I cant help it, every time I look at him he reminds me of a turtle that’s lost its shell !!

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    • recoba 4 months ago

      That’s it DC knew there was something about him! 😂

    • wn 4 months ago

      Hahahaha, that is spot on!

    • theplug 4 months ago

      🤣

    • elvis parsley 4 months ago

      🤣

  22. recoba 4 months ago

    Get in Appreciate It.
    EVS the bet of the week already I was alll over it like a lampshade! An wee 80p Ew on a horse off my tracker Fot Pleasure at 50/1 that I thought had no chance hence the 80p gets 3rd!
    £10 free bet from Casumo is on Concertista 6/5

    Got a feeling the bookies will be taking it tight today and hopefully all week with favourites.
    Some ain’t for me bar in a big Acca but here’s hoping!
    Could all go wrong next up though! Lol 🤷🏾🐎

    Skybet special…Shiskin and Man City win. EVS

    GL rest of the day lads

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Scrap that it’s a f@#king £10 free bet for the Casino with Casumo!! Made that clear as mud as per usual 😡
      Bet £10 get £10 free bet can it not just be that simple? Lucky Appreciate It won!

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Shiskin to win by 8l or more 11/4 SkyBet!

    • recoba 4 months ago

      Another reads the script! 👏🐎

  23. Deb2000 4 months ago

    Another race ran perfectly and easily goes to form 😁😁😁

  24. double carpet 4 months ago

    Captain Guiness sneaks 3rd 👍
    Shishkin in a different league

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Bloody site !!!

      Captain Guinness sneaks 3rd 👍
      Shishkin in a different league

    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Not sure what Rachael was doing taking on Allmankind DC if your doing that your definitely going to fast.
      They set the race up perfectly for Shishkin

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Yeah totally

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  25. Alves 4 months ago

    Bookies on to a doing already….who’s gonna fall at the last this year when clear in front 😂😂😂

  26. insider 4 months ago

    short list for race 3: HAPPYGOLUCKY > PYM > OK CORRAL > VINTAGE CLOUDS

  27. busstop.2018 4 months ago

    Afternoon All

    CHELTENHAM

    15.40. .Concertista, ,5/4

    16.50. .Remastered. .11/2

    SEDGEFIELD

    15.30. .Oxwich Bay. .7/4

    16.35. .Game Line . .11/4

    GL ALL

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  28. recoba 4 months ago

    Forget his name but lad that presents Them Morning Line’ on ITV took Vintage Clouds in his £20 charity bet challenge at 25/1! 👏

  29. dazzman1979 4 months ago

    Well done e/w thief 28/1 winner 👍

  30. postman 4 months ago

    Cracking Tip EWT, Them old legs did him proud

  31. double carpet 4 months ago

    What a mare

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  32. lossie jim 4 months ago

    I would imagine the bookies are in for a huge first day accumulator hit if Concertista wins.

  33. theplug 4 months ago

    Honeysuckle how easy was that, bet of the meeting .

  34. recoba 4 months ago

    Well done all who shouted Honeysuckle you talked me into. Only £8 at 11/8 as I had £1 Ew on Sharjah 14/1 yesterday so didn’t want to back 2 horses. Ends up sweet as!! 😁👍🐎

    Looks a great day so far if Concertista wins I’ll be dining with meatballs! Lol

  35. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    Will concertista do an Annie power and ruin the short priced fourfold for punters ?

  36. Deb2000 4 months ago

    Oh god we now have a possible Annie power scenario 3 hot pots in with Concertista in the same race mares hurdle 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤞🤞🤞

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Don’t put the mockers on it

  37. insider 4 months ago

    415 – homme public 11/1 6 places
    450 – snow leopardess 12/1 4 places

  38. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    Gateacre Pete strikes again 🔥🔥

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  39. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    3-40 black tears (without concertista and roksana 3-1 *NAP *

    11-1 each way.

    7-4 top 3 finish.

    That’s cheered me up 😁

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Well done elvis

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    • elvis parsley 4 months ago

      Bookies were one stride from a proper fleecing there DC.
      Probably not as much as the Annie power scenario but would have been in the millions

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    • Deb2000 4 months ago

      Followed your Nap Elivis well done pal but I really wish it was a neck further back 😂😂😂

    • insider 4 months ago

      the bookies have done so much fleecing, it is impossible to fleece them, even if concertista won they’d have been laughing, remember bet365 ceo gets £250m bonus lol.

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  40. insider 4 months ago

    elliot won 2 of last 3 runnings, had the 1st 3rd and 4th last year, DC mentioned him, Riviere D’Etel 7/1 for 6 places looks a safe option

    • insider 4 months ago

      maybe shouldve listened to the other 1 he mentioned FML

  41. double carpet 4 months ago

    Yeehaa ……80/1

    Get in !!!!!!!

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    • ew thief 4 months ago

      Banger dc top class 👍

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    • lossie jim 4 months ago

      Well done DC, poor first day for me.

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    • postman 4 months ago

      👍👍👍👍👍DC

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  42. theplug 4 months ago

    DC a big well done 80/1

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  43. winners are grinners 4 months ago

    🐎🐎 What’s everyone on in the last? 🐎🐎

    Go.. 👇

    • postman 4 months ago

      Just Lord Royal for me to save the day

  44. spurs55 4 months ago

    Ofalltheginjoints @ 28/1

  45. recoba 4 months ago

    To many posts but someone was shouting about Galvin for days!! 👏🐎
    Cheers.

    What a stonking day! 😁

    • heisenberg 4 months ago


      😍
      🔥
      DC

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  46. double carpet 4 months ago

    Brilliant ride from Jack Kennedy on Galvin

  47. double carpet 4 months ago

    A good start to the week. Pity about Concertista, but Jeff Kidder and Galvin do the bizz.
    Ballyadam and Captain Guiness and Happygolucky all placed.

    Well done to all the winners
    Onto tomorrow

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    • heisenberg 4 months ago

      Give us your tips for ramora DC 👍🍀🙏

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      I will on tomorrow’s thread

    • double carpet 4 months ago

      And of course I can’t forget Honeysuckle also won

  48. elvis parsley 4 months ago

    Honeysuckle 5-2
    Galvin 9-4 (7-2 with B.O.G)
    2 singles and double.
    double paid just under 15-1 😁.

    And snow leopardess ew 18 for a bonus.

    Ended up a good day.
    ——————————————-
    Special mentions to
    DC 80-1 🏇🏇🏇
    Ew thief 28-1 🏇🏇
    Gateacre Pete 20-1 🏇
    ———————————————-
    Tomorrow it wil no doubt lt be someone else producing the goods.
    3 odds on shots tomorrow
    Monkfish, chacun and Eastland and Bob olinger is hovering just over 6-4 which means there are good place odds to be found or betting without options.

    Well done everyone 👍

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    • double carpet 4 months ago

      Great going elvis

    • heisenberg 4 months ago

      Wonderful 🤩

    • postman 4 months ago

      Well Done Elvis great day.

  49. dazzman1979 4 months ago

    The thread picked out the winner in every single race that’s pretty impressive well done people

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  50. theplug 4 months ago

    Thread is on fire well done everyone lets hope for the same tomorrow

  51. lossie jim 4 months ago

    Over 2.5 goals at Lincoln and Stockport, put me back in profit for the day, here’s hoping my horses are a bit better tomorrow.

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