Last weekend’s Big Race selections both ran solid races with Double Shuffle just finding Pilgrims Bay too good by 1/2L in a battling finish whilst Ballykan wasn’t too far behind in 5th place.
You can feel the tension building as the 2017 Cheltenham Festival looms large and with many of the main bookmakers offering Non-runner/No bet this time around we thought we would share one of Dave “Chutney” Massey’s “Three to Follow”, for the prestigious event.
Three to Follow at Festival Time
Solomn Grundy (Neil Mulholland) – Likely target: Pertemps Final – Gen 16/1 (EW, 4pl, 1/4 odds) – This lightly raced and improving sort is just the type that you want for a race like the Pertemps, and the good news is that, having won the Newbury qualifier back in November, he’s already qualified, however what’s less certain is whether he will get in off his current mark of 134. He showed promise for David Pipe before being moved to Neil Mulholland by Roger Brookhouse, he’s done nothing but improve since joining the team at Conkwell Grange and still appears to have plenty left to offer.
Despite pulling hard at Cheltenham, he still ran on strongly to claim second behind the well-handicapped Behind Time, form that has worked out well with third home Call To Order and fourth home Ballyarthur both winners since. He was then upped in trip to 3m for that Newbury race, where he reversed form with Behind Time in no uncertain terms, despite again being very keen in rear for much of the contest. But he travelled so well through the field when making his effort in a most eye-catching style that was so impressive to watch. It marked him out as well in front of his mark too, and the form had a boost when second home Shantou Bob took a good quality contest at Chepstow recently.
He lost little in defeat when dropped back in trip at Wetherby on his last start, trying to give previous winner Agincourt Reef well over a stone in weight, and only narrowly going down by a short head. The way he was outpaced there suggests the step back up to three miles will suit, and the guaranteed big field for the Pertemps will give him plenty of cover and chance to settle better. Last-to-first tactics are never easy to pull off in big races, but this horse has the talent and given luck in running, should go close.
The above plus the other two of David’s trio of selections for the Festival are all priced at double figure odds and in addition to EW singles they lend themselves to a potentially lucrative multiple bet in the form of an EW “Trixie” (3 doubles & a treble) which at current odds could yield a 3K+ return to an 8 quid stake!
The “Three to Follow at Festival Time” was part of the comprehensive coverage recently published in the Betting Insiders Members Report (Issue 142), you can find out more here.
There are some decent cards on Saturday including the jumping action from Newbury and Doncaster and to find a sample of what has caught the eye of our Big Race Guru, Nick Hardman, click here to read on:-
Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 4th March’17
13 of the last 14 winners have been aged 6yo to 8yo and that narrows the field to just 5 runners. Add to the fact that Paul Nicholls has won 7 of the last 9 renewals then Vibrato Valtat and More Bucks are the obvious trends horses.
Vibrato Valtat @8/1 (Lad/BB)
More Buck’s @12/1 (Gen)
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