I write to you from the balcony in sunny Spain, the sun is going down, the red wine is being opened and the bookies stung....could life get any better, well yes it can & hopefully will from 2pm tomorrow.
The 2nd day of this marvelous sporting spectacle begins with the Ballymore Properties novice hurdle. The Tolworth hurdle is a good guide for this race, we need a last time winner and a horse that has been lightly raced, needs to be 6 years old, in the top four in the betting & won over 2 miles 4.
Well after sifting through the hopefulls I give you Breedsbreeze (a popular choice for one of my ground floor groupies in the office).
2.00 - Breedsbreeze €50 win @ 10.5 & €25 place @ 3.2
Royal Sunallicance Chase -
A race that has had some winners that have gone onto greatness....Florida Pearl, Trabolgan & Denman in the last 10 years. A last time out winning 7 year old is required & our friend Paul Nicholls is very well respected in this race saddling the last two winners & the Irish have a poor record except horses trained by Willy Mullins.
Silverburn comes out on top for me followed by the long shot Verasi
14.35 - Silverburn €40 win @ 9.2 & €25 place @ 3.05
Verasi €25 place @ 6.2
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Big race of the day and in previous years has been won by some of the greats. Voy Por Ustedes won well for me last year and lines up again, the reigning champion has a shocking record when defending his crown, but a yard in form and Choc Thorton on board who cant go wrong at Cheltenham so who knows.
I'm putting in the Tingle Creek winner Twist Magic also as it's a good reference going back.
3.15 - Voy Por Ustedes €50 win @ 4
Twist Magic €25 win @ 4
This ones a bit of a lottery, a last time out winner over the distance gets the nod
4.00 - Song of Songs €40 win @ 10.5
Peter O'Sullevan Chase
The BBC's legendary commentator has a race named after him and I reckon they should let the old boy have the mike one last time....I remember him calling home Desert Orchid in the 1989 Gold Cup from my parents living like yesterday dubbed the race that stopped the nation, what joy he is and still rocking upto Cheltenham a week past his 90th birthday....bless him.
One for the older Irish horse is this race, Jonjo O'niel fares well as do horses owned by JP Mcmanus that finished in the frame last time out that wasn't favourite!
Long shot but the stats gods say it, so be it.
4.40 - Pass it on €25 place @ 8.4
A Willy Mullins trained 5 year old that won last time out over ground and distance will get my vote.
5.20 - Apt Approach €40 win @ 5.6
Good Luck folks