Cheltenham Festival 2021
Cheltenham Festival 2021 Ante-Post Portfolio
Triumph Hurdle: Paros 20-1
Champion Hurdle: Epatante 6-4
Arkle: Shiskin 5-4
Champion Chase: Altior 6-1
Gold Cup: Champ 12-1
RSA Chase: Next Destination 12-1 e/w NRNB
Paddy Power are NRNB for the Festival and I have taken a bit of the 12-1 each-way about Next Destination for the RSA Chase. He is due to run this weekend at Warwick (16th January) and if he wins the Grade Two there, as I fully expect him to, he will surely go to single figures. He is slightly bigger in some places that aren't NRNB but with his history I thought it safer to bet with the safety net. If Paul Nicholls can keep him improving, Saturday will be only his second Chase start, and get him to the Festival in one-piece, I honestly think he will be a big player.
Paros didn't set the world alight on his UK debut at Sandown earlier this month and that bet is already looking a bit wobblily. Have I taken a backward step you ask? Have I bollocks, four more bets are on for the Festival. Three of Nicky Henderson's big hopes for March are running at Kempton over the Festive period and I have taken the plunge on the three as I expect them to all win well at Sunbury-on-Thames and the prices will no doubt shorten afterwards. I have backed Epatante for the Champion Hurdle at 6-4, Shiskin in the Arkle at 5-4 and old favourite of mine Altior for the Champion Chase at 6-1. Talking of Henderson, the four bets thus far are all housed at Seven Barrows, I keep coming back to Champ for the Gold Cup. He of course produced the finish of the year in the RSA last season and the big one is the obvious target for 2021. The stable are making all the right noises about him, as you would expect, and if has has learnt to jump that bit better, again as you would expect and reportedly schooled very well the other day, he has an obvious chance in what looks an open year. As and when he runs, they chose not to go to Ireland, if he wins and puts in a fluent display of jumping the price will be cut in half at least. I have 12's and all my fingers crossed.
Five bets on for the Cheltenham Festival before Christmas, I must need my bumps felt, I am off for a lay down in a darkened room - NURSE!
I think I may have a bit of cabin fever having been locked up for so many weeks but the first Cheltenham Festival 2021 bet has been placed, and it is in one of the hardest races to pick the winner!! I have taken 20-1 about a Nicky Henderson trained horse called Paros for the Triumph Hurdle. He won his sole start at Dieppe, France before being purchased by the Bloodstock agents Peter and Toby Jones for Middleham Park Racing; take a look at the video if you can he is towards to front throughout, pinging the hurdles and oozing class. Described as a future Champion Hurdle horse, well before the horse even set foot on a racecourse, he looks a talent and his original owners turned down several six-figure offers reportedly before finally selling. The horse he beat at Dieppe, Jeu De Paume, has since placed in Listed and Grade Three company. Henderson might have a potential star on his hands with this one and reportedly he has told the owners ‘He looks just like the type you would want for the Triumph!’ All being well he will make is UK debut at Sandown on Saturday (5th December), win like a good thing and the 20-1 for March will disappear. Don't miss out, get on now - you have been warned!