Good morning all and just 2 weeks before the festival on 12th March.
Just an update, I now feel the best bet of the week is SIR EREC.
Having a look at the form we can see this is a top class flat horse, running just over 2 lengths to Stradivarius , then showing a wonderful rhythm when taking to hurdles and if you have taken the 18/10, 16/10 you will hopefully be in a strong position on Gold Cup day.
If a few of the other strong fancies arrive during the first 3 days, we could see EREC starting in the red .
Obviously have not forgotten about ALTIOR and barring accidents the 9/20 should come home lonely in the Champion Chase.
TIGER ROLL must be a strong fancy with its latest win and the cross country looks well within its stride at 5/2, on the way to a second National win 12/1.
The one that niggles me is BOUVEUR DAIR 2/1 in its quest for the champion hurdle treble, the race is a lot stronger this year with Apples Jade and possibly Laurina making sure it will be a real test for the current champ.
I still make PAISLEY PARK 22/10 a good bet for the Stayers.
The Mares race on day one gives us another potential banker with BENIE DES DIEUX 15/10 .
OK CORRAL 3/1 is also worth a punt on day one.
Note! there are many quality and open races over the 4 days, and with a bit luck STECK will be giving us some of his expert information from 5/1 to 100/1 shots if the wheels come off the hotties .
In summary : I have taken various win bets an ATC s with the following runners
BOUVEUR DAIR ***
BENIE DES DIEUX ****
SIR EREC *****