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Breakfast at Cheltenham

by Honest Frank (U1645784) 14 March 2007
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Welcome to the Late Breakfast Show, although an accident in the kitchen means there will be no food on offer.

You see, I’m staying at a flat in Cheltenham for this week’s National Hunt Festival and I mistakenly put an electric kettle on a gas hob. Cue flames, melting plastic, smoke, four firefighters and two breathing apparatus.

Enough of that, though. After a day when the bookies beat the punters hands down, it is time to salute two terrific tipsters – who gave winners priced at 78-1 and 100-1 respectively on this very website..

First, take a bow, Les from Irish broadcaster RTE, the man who told us Ebaziyan was a decent each-way proposition. He obliged at 40-1; with a dividend of 78-1 on the Tote pool betting system.

I tracked Les – let’s call him Sir Les – down in the smaller hours of today to say thanks. More of that later.

He likes the look of Cheeky Lady in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (1640 GMT) on the second day.

Now then, while punters focus on Champion Chase favourite Well Chief (1515), we should all hail the tipping chief – 606 user Cole1818, who tipped Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity back in February at 100-1.

Let’s hope you are out there to advise today, Coley.

While yesterday was a day of mixed emotions for me (and thanks for your kind messages) today is a day of real nerves.

I’ve told virtually every person I have a nodding acquaintance with to have a small each-way flutter on Aranleigh in the Champion Bumper (1720), the last race of the day.

But having looked at the big field, I see most of the runners are unbeaten and I’m hearing only good things about Den of Iniquity.

Maybe Sir Les will set me right when I reach the course, where he is handing out flyers for an Irish music festival at Cheltenham Town Hall.

You see, Sir Les is a bit of a star in his homeland. He’s a radio music presenter who has put on shows for acts, he says, ranging from The Human League and Bee Gees to Morrissey.

I wouldn’t say he has kissed the blarney stone. I think he has eaten it.

As we go into day two, spare a thought for the heads of the boys from the A1 pub in Artane, Dublin, the property of Bill Hennessy, the delightfully under-stated owner of surprise Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity.

The gloriously dishevelled fellows, many of whom were on at 66-1, were last seen dancing the night away. Badly.

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comment by BOCMAN (U7783610)

posted Mar 14, 2007

i'm going to have my money on "Catchme" in the first.....if he doesnt win he'll be in the shake up.......
Denman cant be looked past.......
while i think Voy Per Utedes could give us an upset in the 3.15

enjoy day 2 everyone

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comment by gazsaj (U1379447)

posted Mar 14, 2007

a few outsiders to bet on today seeing not many fav's are

2.00 my turn now
2.35 ungaro
3.15 ashley brook
4.00 powerstation

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posted Mar 14, 2007

Oh well, for those of you bored enough to have read my comments before, you'll know that, of course, I didn't back Denman as he was my banker of the meeting which I never actually back.

Very bright

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posted Mar 14, 2007

honest john, your a glutton for punishment. the important thing in life is to learn from our mistakes, in your case back your bankers and get rich!!

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posted Mar 14, 2007

Just read a quote from Well Chief's owner here on the BBC website that he has not backed him. If that is indeed the case why would anyone else?

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comment by BOCMAN (U7783610)

posted Mar 14, 2007

i did a DENMAN and Voy Por Ustedes double so i'm happy......
Catchme let me down though

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posted Mar 14, 2007

Looks like McCoy was right.... he did finish infront of Well Chief!!!

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comment by Gram (U7785760)

posted Mar 14, 2007

Hey HF - thanks for the tip (Lucky Lady) from 'Sir Les'. My each way bet just about covered my previous losses.. any chance you could ask him who he fancies tomorrow?

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posted Mar 14, 2007

What a great second day. Aran Concerto was stuffed in the first race and that was because of poor jumping. Massini's Maguire deserved to win this race, he led all the way and made all the running.

I was impressed with the way Denman destroyed the opposition in the Royal Sunalliance Chase and well he has the makings of a Gold Cup winner. He was so impressive, its been confirmed that bookies have given 5-1 for next years Gold Cup. I seriously regret not backing him.

The Champion Chase was quite a race and Voy Por Ustedes took it by the scruff of the neck and Dempsey was a good second. Connections were denying that Newmill was no fluke but last years winner of the race was really ordinary. Of course this outcome was caused by the shock fall of Well Chief (I said he'd win yesterday) and well proves Im wrong.

The Coral Cup threw up the usual big handicap thrill and I picked out the winner (can't remember who it was) and Cloudy Lane won the Amateur Handicap Chase. Oh and the Irish won the bumper (tell me a time when something thats not Irish won it?).

Who cares? Britain are now putting a whipping them. We lead 8-4. And we still got the best chance of keeping the Gold Cup here, but Im sticking to my guns and Halcoyn Generdaris will win and make my week :)

Oh and I am also conviced that Inglis Drever will get his World Hurdle crown back and keen on Blazing Bailey as an e/w shot. :)

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posted Mar 14, 2007

Hiya HF what did yoy think of the ride AP gave Aranleigh today ? I didn't think it was his best. I am not having the best of Cheltenham's and would be grateful if you could give me a winner for Thursday.Keep up the good work

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