Cheltenham Festival 2014 – Friday’s tips

By | March 14, 2014

A tough old day yesterday with us having no joy with any of iur selections. But we dust ourselves down and bounce back today as it’s Gold Cup day! So come on let’s have it.

In the Triumph hurdle, we already have Plinth running for us and we anticipate a better showing from him on this decent ground, but I’d also like to add Broughton to the portfolio as he looks the ideal type of improver that does well in this race. Both of these are former flat horses and that is a stat that is doing really well at the minute.

In the Albert Bartlett, progeny of Oscar and Kings Theatre must be respected. so I’m suggesting we place a win bet on Kings Palace and an ew bet on Apache Jack. Kings Palace, is probably the hottest stat horse of the day having ticked most boxes when winning the Bristol Novice Hurdle here earlier in the season. He is the Bet of the Day.

The County Hurdle is always ultra competitive but I’m quite confident that Lac Fontana has been prepared with this day in mind. Look at his runs this season, all at Cheltenham in decent races. You know he finishes off well up that hill and that’s a massive bonus for any horse.

We are all over Last Instalment in the Gold Cup as we backed him at 50s ew NRNB a few weeks back. If he wins today, you can expect the Champagne Bar to up it’s takings by a few thousand! We have loads of respect for Bobs Worth but retaining your crown is harder than actually winning it, so he will have to be one of the best Gold Cup horses of recent times to do it, which he may very well be, as he is unbeaten over fences at Cheltenham.

In The Grand Annual, there is a huge stat that will help us to whittle down the field. In the last 10 years no horse has won carrying more than 10-13. That knocks off an awful lot of runners. Younger horses do well in this, so I’m plumping for Ned Buntline, who split Jezki and Silver Concorde on his debut, and Passage Vendome with Ruby on board. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish rubs off on us and we collect a few pounds at the death.

Today’s bets

13.30 – Broughton 7s with William Hill

14.05 – Lac Fontana 12s with Bet Victor

14.40 – Kings Palace 10/3 with bet365

14.40 – Apache Jack – ew at 33s with Bet Victor

17.15 – Ned Buntline 9s with Bet Victor

17.15 – Passage Vendome – ew at 25s with Bet Victor

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