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I was delighted last weekend with my 20-1 selection Dragon Bones (returned at SP of 40-1) who sluiced up in the mares novice hurdle at Doncaster.
That put a few quid in my betting bank for Cheltenham and I was pleased to see that plenty of you managed to get on too.
This Saturday I have only focussed on a few races with the main focus of course being Cheltenham which starts on Tuesday but I am turning to the mares again for help. I have two that I like at lovely big prices that hopefully will get us a few extra shekels into the virtual pockets for the week ahead.
Paul Nicholls is as pragmatic as they come as far as finding winners is concerned and he doesn't mind if it's Cheltenham, Aintree or Sandown in the Imperial Cup. He likes a big handicap pot wherever it might be found and he sends one here that I think looks like great value.
MIRANDA has won two of her last three races but hasn't been punished by the handicapper and I really like the form of her last race in particular, beating some decent mares and she had them strung out in behind her.
Angus Cheleda comes back in taking off a useful 7lb and this classy mare at the top of the handicap will enjoy the decent ground. I'm surprised we are getting a double figure price and with Hills paying a whopping 6 places we have to take advantage each way.
I mentioned the form of Henry Daly last week and the strength of his relationship with Richard Johnson. When he books Dickie they tend not to be messing about as we saw on Sunday and Monday when his last two bumper entries finished 2nd and 1st respectively having been backed in from double-figure prices in both cases.
Johnson was booked on both of course. MARSHAMALLO is one who lines up here in a listed mares bumper with a nice piece of form in the book after winning in January. She pulled a bit that day and made her way to the front wanting to go faster and then when they came for her in the run in she decided that she didn't want to lose and found plenty to scoot away.
This is a much better race but they are likely to go a bit faster than they did that day which should suit her and she will come on massively for the experience of her last race. That will to win is really positive too, especially against a few horses here who haven't been tested in that way yet. Bizarrely the horse she beat last time out is half of her price here (Billams Legacy) when they are running off the same weight again.
That makes no sense to me and I would love to get them in a match bet actually. We are getting a whopping 25-1 with some bookies paying 4 places so whilst the favourite looks a promising type from the Nicholls yard I would far rather have the each-way value about Marshmallo.
Don't miss the Cheltenham Preview Podcast from Gambla where our very own Voice of Value and guest host Jim Delahunt discuss their best bets for the week ahead.
Voice of Value serves up a couple of big prices and Jim waxes lyrical about a horse who he thinks could be the new Arkle. There's also a couple Charity Bets in play, provide by WhoKnowsWins, and from which the winnings will be donated to the two causes we've been raising money for in MrFixit's honour; The Bubble Foundation and St Margaret's Hospice.
Well worth a listen at just 47 mins.