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Top Tips 3 – Cheltenham Friday 2009

In Top Tips on March 13, 2009 at 12:23

Today is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. It should be a terrific day’s racing.

I’m a traditionalist. I like Kauto Star and can’t see past him in the feature race of the day.  There will be challengers to his crown but Kauto has the class, talent and the jockey (Ruby Walsh) to regain his Gold Cup crown. At the time of writing, you can easily get 15/8.

Overall it is a competitive day of racing. The opening race is the JCB Triumph Hurdle and any number of the runners could win it.

The form points to Walkon winning this one but I have a sneaking feeling that Silk Drum could run a huge race at a huge price. He has good form behind him and has been consistently improving over his past couple of runs. And the key is that he stays beyond the two miles he’ll face here, a vital compenent needed to get up the Cheltenham hill. If you’re quick, you may get 50/1 about him winning.

In the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, I’m going to plump for Hangover. He won on soft ground at Gowran Park last month over this trip and also won on similar ground over two miles and five furlongs at Limerick at Christmas.  Additionally, he has as super jockey on board in Paul Townend. You can easily get 12/1 on Conor O’Dwyer’s charge winning this one.

In the Premier League over the weekend, there are no stand out bets at all, though there is a stand out match. Manchester United take on Liverpool in a game Liverpool must win to have any chance of winning the title. It’ll probably end up a draw.

If I simply had to have a bet in this weekend’s fixtures, I’d side with a Bolton/Fulham draw. Bolton are rubbish at home and Fulham are rubbish way having drawn half of their matches. In fact, because they’ve only scored three goals away, why not lump on a No Goalscorer in this one?

 

Any thoughts anyone?

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