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Paricolor was placed in the first race and that was the only positive to take out of Day 1 of Cheltenham. There are still negatives to take away from it as I picked the wrong David Pipe horse and I mentioned he targets the race. Both of the jockeys riding his horses do ride for Pipe, the winner did have the more experienced and used jockey on board, so that's on me, but I didn't think he was as well-handicapped as my selection.

Mighty Tom was given a strange ride, but I don't think it deserves pelters even though he had the horse 10L off the third horse from the very start. The jockey brought him closer before turning for home and gave him every chance but the horse is a bit of a monkey and clearly doesn't like going through with it when the jockey asked for his effort. Poor effort in total and wasn't even close to winning even when the leader fell at the last. Gold Des Bois was also poor, his jumping wasn't spot on, and he had a wide trip but no excuses as he was outclassed. I expected more from Fathom Two in the opener, but he scoped dirty after the race, so he does have an excuse and will be interesting in his future races.

Cheltenham 12:35 – Knight Of Allen 33/1 (0.5pt EW, Bet365)

I've mentioned in the past that Jane Williams is a trainer to keep an eye on with her juvenile runners as she tends to have at least one or two good hurdles for this age group, every season. This is a big ask on debut, but I think there's optimism to take into this race with Knight Of Allen, that they are willing to chuck him in the deep end on his first start.

Jane and Nick Williams, no longer together as a couple, but when they were training under the same roof they had a few horses run in this race including a 2nd in this race back in 2016 when finishing behind Defi Du Seuil, who turned into a bit of a unit as he progressed. Coo Star Sivola was another runner-up in this race back in 2015 at odds of 25/1, which came on his first start in this country. They had the favourite for this back in 2018, that horse flopped, but it shows that they do like to send what they deem to be good juveniles into this race, so despite this being Knight Of Allen's first race, there are positives to take and at odds of 33/1 or around that, he is worth a few quid EW.

He is a well-bred horse, and is related to some horses who have gained black type with the likes of Galahad Quest, who is still in training with Jane and is owned by the same connections who have Knight Of Allen. Iliade Allen is a half-sister to my selection and she finished 2nd at Cheltenham in a Listed juvenile bumper race in 2022. If you delve a bit deeper into the pedigree he is related to Hermes Allen who was all the talk at the start of last year's jumps season, and the pedigree would suggest the testing surface isn't going to be a concern, which isn't a surprise given that this horse comes from a French background and they all seem to handle soft ground over there.

Cheltenham 1:10 – Strictlyadancer 6/1 (1pt EW, Bet365 5pl)

I put Strictlyadancer as my NAP for the Cheltenham October meeting when he ran in the race he won back in 2021, he didn't manage to win on that occasion but he finished in the places and got going too late in the race. I'm not giving up on him just yet as I think he has a cracking chance of winning this race like he also did back in 2021 when he won at both the October and November meetings. Christian Williams booked Gina Andrews for his last run, she is a great jockey for the Amateur races, but I think he'd like a bit of weight coming off his horse so he's opted for Tim Vaughan's son, Mr Edward Vaughan who claims 7lbs.

The jockey hasn't won a race, which is normally a red flag, but he rode in the Amateur's race a month ago and gave his ride a great chance when leading for most of the race, he got the horse into a nice rhythm but the horse made a mistake at the second last, but if he landed it soundly he would've been pitching for the win. This is going to be a different scenario for the young jockey as Strictlyadancer is a hold-up horse, but with him taking 7lbs off the horse is back on a winning mark of 115 given that he won off 119 in November 2021.

Soft ground will make this a real stamina test and I think that's what he wants, he handles all types of conditions, but knowing he stays a bit further than today's trip, it should bring him into contention when turning for home when the others are starting to tire. Christian Williams is a great target trainer and he would've been disappointed not to have walked away with the win last time out, but this race would've also been on his agenda when mapping out the route for this horse.

Cheltenham 2:20 – Unexpected Party 11/2 (1pt EW, PaddyPower 5pl)

Talking about target trainers, there are few better than Dan Skelton and no matter how much he eases his enthusiasm about his horse getting the win in this with him saying “We hope to see him hit the frame, anything else is a bonus”, I think he knows his horse has a good chance of winning this.

Unexpected Party is my selection for the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase, and let's not beat around the bush this is a very tough race to win as the prize money of £90,032 to the winner is a big pot to scoop. However, I do think Unexpected Party does have the minerals to win this and that's not a recency bias due to his win over Knapper's Hill who has since won a Grade 2, I think there is substance to his form of last year.

Hibee was bullish about his chances on seasonal reappearance and he was right to be like that as he was clearly ready to win at Chepstow in the Listed race when beating the Nicholls horse, but I don't think the runner-up was fully revved up for that race, but you can't knock the performance as UP jumped well and won nicely. This has always been a horse I've liked as a chaser and I think I put him up on his first-ever chase start last November at Exeter when he finished as runner-up. Since that run he has improved and I thought his run at the Festival was better than it looks on paper with him finishing 8.5L behind Stage Star and Notlongtillmay was placed in that race too. That race was a farce, there was a pace bias from the front, they didn't go a great gallop and Harry Cobden set the right fraction for his horse, arguably being one of the rides of the Festival, but Harry Skelton held his horse up well off the pace and that was never the place to be for that specific race. He stayed on strongly going past a few beaten horses, but the finishing position doesn't tell the full story.

Today's race should be run at a good gallop as The Real Whacker and Stage Star as well as a couple others will want to force the pace, so I think it might suit a hold-up horse like Unexpected Party to come late and pick up the pieces. Harry Skelton is marmite for me, his tactics and decision-making at the last fences do worry me, but I think this race will be set up perfectly for this horse.

Cheltenham 15:30 – Londonofficecallin 11/2 (1pt)

Eric McNamara sends over a few runners to Cheltenham from Ireland for Saturday, two come in the race prior to this, though they have EW chances I thought his best chance of the day was Londonofficecallin.

This horse has improved a tonne since being bought by the Shrewd owning syndicate ‘In Bounds Syndicate', they've made some great buys in recent times and have gotten themselves plenty of winners on the board. This syndicate is 2/3 when travelling to the UK and they actually had a winner at this meeting last year on the Friday in the opener when Sweet Will won for Gavin Cromwell. This horse has improved from 80 rated to 108 rated but he has to run off 111 as he is out of the handicap for this race. His wins have come at a much lower level than today's race, so there's obvious concerns about the step up, but we saw this happen last year when Tony Martin sent over a low weighted improving horse who had done it's winning in much lower level races, and that horse won by 6L, so I don't doubt the trainer's decision to come over and run him in this race as there is a strong possibility he is still ahead of the handicapper.

He didn't win by much last time out, but I think he did well and had more in the tank than what it looked like. He is a smooth traveller, clearly stays a bit further than today's trip and I think he has a great chance at the bottom of the weights.

Navan 2:40 – Riviere D'etel 13/2 (1pt, PaddyPower)

I was very tempted to put up Dysart Dynamo for this race even though he is 6/4 or slightly shorter, but the more I look at it, is he really that good? If you look at his wins they've all come at novice/beginner level other than his Grade 2 win at Punchestown, but in all fairness that form is hardly Grade 2 standard, even though he was very impressive that day (over hurdles), he's really flattered to deceive at the top level and yeah he's finished in relatively close proximity to El Fabiolo, but he's gone hard from the front and the others in behind are normally cooked from the pace he's set.

With him likely to go off like the Clappers I think it will set it up for Riviere D'etel whose form has fallen off since she burst on the scene as a 4yo chaser a couple of years ago when she managed to win a Grade 2, Grade 3 and pushed Ferny Hollow and Blue Lord to hard-fought wins in Grade 1's. On her day she is a very talented mare, and given that she gets heaps of weight from the horses in this race, apart from Dysart Dynamo, but she still gets 4lbs from that rival, I think she is massively overpriced.

She went close in this race last year and probably would've won if she didn't make a mess of the second last fence, as she stayed on very strongly to push Captain Guiness to the line. She has had a prep run over hurdles over 2m 6f which is evidently too far for her, but it would've blown away the cobwebs and set her up perfectly for a crack at redemption in this race.

Horse Racing Tips
Knight Of Allen
Cheltenham - 12:35 pm

33/1 @ Bet365

Strictlyadancer
Cheltenham - 1:10 pm

6/1 @ Bet365

Unexpected Party
Cheltenham - 2:20 pm

11/2 @ PaddyPower

Londonofficecallin
Cheltenham - 3:30 pm

11/2 @ Bet365

Riviere D'etel
Navan - 2:40 pm

13/2 @ PaddyPower

50 Comments
  1. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    Race 8 – ascot AU- Augment 8/5

    1
    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      Would love to come back as a horse and have Megan Nichols on top of me grinding away whipping me 😂😂

      6
    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      4:30 Wolverhampton- river wharfe 11/1 e/w

  2. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    good risk at all 1.45 notlongtillmay 2.20

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  3. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    blue trail 2.36 judicial law 2.55

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  4. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    mischief magic 3.11 repellent grey 3.30

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  5. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    wadacre graze 11.15 nap

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    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      The dreaded N word 😂 at least it’s drifted to a each price now to make it a punt to nothing . 🤞

      1
    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      It would nt supprise me if recuerdame wins 😂

      3
    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      I did nt want to say but I knew recuerdame would win especially when the favourite recently left the Simon Dow yard and coincidentally today they had a bigger price runner in the race . It’s all ball shit . Got to have your bender head on at all times 😂

      2
    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      it is sat dazzman dazzman 1979 well donee with that one mate new it when it started to drift like a barge mate bloody carpet racing

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    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      I made up for it dazzman 1979 with my nb

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    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      You sure did 👍 you can never read to much into these fake markets . If the market was right all the time we would all be retired . The market is just a bookies tool to put you off the real winner. They know where all the smart money is going and have plenty of inside informants on the payroll im sure 😂

      1
    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      ya we will skin them bookies today dazzman 1979 between us all

  6. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    burdet road 12.35 nb

    12
    • spurs55 5 months ago

      nice one azz good dart

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    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      cheers spurs 55

      2
  7. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    11:45 lingfield- hul ah bah loo 4/1 this one likes running on Saturdays !

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  8. spurs55 5 months ago

    Yep you’re correct dazzman

    We off and running


    Won
    7 – Recuerdame @ 8/1

    3
    • azzthewigan 5 months ago

      well done spurs 55

      4
  9. spurs55 5 months ago

    Have a little nibble on

    2 – Kokomo @ 50/1
    Win
    11.45 Lingfield – Paying 4 Places instead of

    1
  10. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    Viva Las Vegas !!!!

    1
  11. spurs55 5 months ago

    Lunar Chief @ 17/2SP

    Win – 12.09 Wetherby – Paying 4 Places instead of 3

    1
  12. spurs55 5 months ago

    PP free fiver goes on L15 for !!

    Lucky 15 (x30) Each Way

    6. Gifted Angel
    5/1

    3. Chambard
    12/1

    2. Chantry House
    13/2

    1. Larchmont Lass
    12/1

    hopefully worth about 2K

    • spurs55 5 months ago

      don’t think 2k is coming to me now
      oh well
      nothing to nothing

  13. spurs55 5 months ago

    thinking this is worth some pennies

    Eagle Prince @ 33/1SP

    Win – 12.35 Cheltenham – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) – Paying 4 Places instead of 3

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  14. spurs55 5 months ago

    Peaceful Love
    7/1
    12:51 Lingfield – 1m2f Mdn Stks

    1
    • spurs55 5 months ago

      I was going by the price 7-1

      And

      Horse 7 wins from draw 1

      🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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  15. spurs55 5 months ago

    Defo about the numbers 👌

  16. Gateacre Pete 5 months ago

    Money back in bet credit for Knight of Allen bet365 after it was pushed off the course by the faller at the first 😉

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  17. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    Haafapiece 6/1

    1
  18. spurs55 5 months ago

    Crimson Ruby
    12/1
    13:37 Uttoxeter – 2m Nov Hrd

    1
  19. spurs55 5 months ago

    back on the numbers hopefully

    GIDDY UP! 🏆🏇
    YOU HAVE WON £
    W
    7. Popcorn Magic
    17/2
    10/1
    18th Nov LINGFIELD 13:26 EVENT 1m 2f 0y – Each Way
    13:26 18 November 2023

    2
  20. spurs55 5 months ago

    Udaberri
    8/1
    14:01 Lingfield – 1m2f Hcap

    2
  21. Wildhorse 5 months ago

    Hi All

    Cheltenham Day 2

    trixie / each Way

    R. 4 – Stage Star

    R. 5 – Placenet

    R. 7 – Easy Peasy

    Bol , see you tomorrow !!

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  22. spurs55 5 months ago

    Wonderful Eagle
    9/1
    15:30 Cheltenham – 2m5f Hcap Hrd

  23. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    sunset marqusa 4.05 ew well done all winners today

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  24. spurs55 5 months ago

    sunset marqusa 4.05 ew well done all winners today

  25. spurs55 5 months ago

    Native Melody
    12/1
    16:30 Wolverhampton – 1m

    2
  26. recoba 5 months ago

    🇺🇸
    Aquaduct -Race 8..Spendalot 9/4 ****
    Side bet combo forecast = 8 -1 – 9
    Churchill Downs -R7…Trial 16/1 Ew ***+ Coral paying 4 places
    *Wee side bet combo forecast 10-5-12
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    Del Mar -Race 1…Princess Midnight 9/4 ***
    *Side bet combo forecast 7-4 -1

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    • dazzman1979 5 months ago

      What’s Ben Curtis. Doing over at fair grounds 😂

      2
    • recoba 5 months ago

      Hanging about with other trainers James Bond and Danny Pi$h! 😂

  27. dazzman1979 5 months ago

    There really pushing the boat out at Wolverhampton tonight !!!

    2
  28. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    jenever 8.00

  29. azzthewigan 5 months ago

    swift Tuttle 8.30 ew

  30. spurs55 5 months ago

    pop dancer does it again 25-1

    strange first race started with a 25-1

    must be a coincidence “they say”

    2
    • spurs55 5 months ago

      and pop dancer was what i call a double up

      ie..
      horse 4
      draw 4

      some kind of a marker i think

  31. spurs55 5 months ago

    Rebel Angel @ 10/1SP

    Win – 20.30 Wolverhampton – Paying 4 Places instead of 3

    that should finish the day nicely

  32. spurs55 5 months ago

    just noticed another double up

    10
    (10)

    Absolute Queen

    J: Jason Hart
    T: George Boughey
    F: 411943

    perhaps thats for tomorrow ??

  33. spurs55 5 months ago

    Still about numbers

    Even if you can place them ew !!

    Patent

    You won £12.06! (including stake)

    Placed
    12 – Catesby @ 12/1
    Win
    19.30 Wolverhampton – Paying 4 Places instead of 3


    Won
    4 – Pop Dancer @ 22/1
    Win
    20.00 Wolverhampton – Paying 4 Places instead of 3


    Placed
    10 – Absolute Queen @ 15/2
    Win
    20.30 Wolverhampton – Paying 4 Places instead of 3

    Night night

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