Get ready for Cheltenham…

The three-day Cheltenham Festival kicks off today and there are stars galore, most of which are coming back from long lay-offs.

Let’s see what the consensus is from three major racing tipsters, Racing Post, Timeform and At the Races.

In the 1.05 p.m. race today, La Vaticane is touted by at least 2 of the above, with mentions at Betfair for The Clock Leary, and handicap newcomer Minella Present.

The 1.40 p.m. Cheltenham today is all about More of That, mentioned strongly by two of the above, but a strong mention has gone to the already fit As Da Me who looks like the proverbial each way bet to nothing if the race goes as per the market. Only two places though, if the horse is around 3/1, he should be there to catch More of That on a non-going day.

It does seem that the second favourite has a good record here, winning the last three runnings.

The 2.15 Cheltenham sees Pengali Pavilion the consensus pick but the last 3 winners have been at 8/1, 9/2 and 10/1!

The 2.50 Cheltenham today is a Cross Country race and there’s only 2 words you need – Enda Bolger. This is his niche and the tipsters pick Josies Orders, his only runner in this race, to win. Josies Orders is likely to be an each-way price.

The 3.25 p.m. race has recent been won by horses between 6/1 and 8/1with only one exception in the last five runnings. Does the market get this race right?

Dollar and a Dream and Trendsetter are the two ‘talking horses’ from the Racing Post and Timeform perspectives. The former is currently 4/1 and both are each way plays.

Four different horses are put up in the 4.00 p.m. making that race one to avoid perhaps.

Let’s see how this approach does today? It is how I chose the selections in the Breeders Cup and those horses ran well. It may be an approach to use for major meetings? So, open, Timeform at Betfair, and Look for strong consensus on one or two named horses. As always in competitive events, back each-way.

Stable whispers?

Last week I wrote about Stable Tours. These are exercises in interviewing prominent trainers for their eye-catching horses over the Jumps this season.

If you are a member of, then click on Cards, then Stable Tours Database and that will bring you comments on horses mentioned in recent stable tours who are running today.

I have mentioned a few of those above, so let’s see what the trainer thought.

This suggests tome that the Clock Leary may be fighting the handicapper? This is more like it from David Pipe, below…

And as if to emphasise the credentials of As De Me as the each way bet to nothing, Paul Nicholls said:

This is one way to find out what the trainer actually thinks of the horse. I do look for extreme positives.

Free stable tour resources can be found at and you can visit the individual trainers’ website. A great example comes from Willie Mullins

I would only really look at trainers’ opinions at major meetings such as this weekend’s. I hope you have a profitable Cheltenham if you are playing. It is a welcome distraction from those International football friendlies we have currently.

Although – there are some Euro qualifiers 3rd place play offs, and tonight sees the Irish away to Bosnia.

Did you know that Ireland have conceded only 2 goals in a single Euro qualifier match: once in their last 19 matches. And that occurred in their last match a 2-1 loss to Poland.

I do hope the Irish continue this trend tonight and keep Bosnia to at least 1 goal to give them a chance of beating them in Dublin, a match I wish I could be transported to!

Enjoy Cheltenham and do try out the ‘consensus’ tipping. Racing Post, Timeform and At the races are my three, although if you have the time and inclination, include It could be your free angle into the major race meetings now and coming up in December.

Have a great weekend!