I have just been chatting to one of our members on the Facebook messaging service and mentioned I would be looking at the Cheltenham Handicaps from Wednesday onwards but, that I had one I have very much been looking forward to letting out of the bag and was intending on doing so this coming Wednesday.
However, the horse is also entered for a race this weekend which, were he to win and then also do the same at Cheltenham, connections would cop for a very decent bonus prize of £100,000.
The horse was, for me, one of the unluckiest horses I have seen this season. It might be, of course, that the situation he found himself in could actually have contributed to his coming so close when running through beaten horses at the end of the race but I am thinking this could be an improving horse. He’ll need to be if he’s to pull it off.
He’ll also need to be stopping the yard that does this kind of thing for fun, too.
The Pipe team are going to be trying the same thing with Bidourey, who is most likely to contest the Fred Winter if he wins this and comes out the other end unscathed.
Currently 6/1 favourite for the race on Saturday, they know how to make this work and he’ll be tough to beat at the weekend but if you get an opportunity, watch the Betfair Hurdle back and you’ll spot one out the back getting an absolute hiding and very nearly brought down, before running on from the back to finish sixth in what really is an extremely competitive handicap.
He went off a bigger price that day than he’ll go off in the Imperial Cup and if the one I like the look of goes and wins that Sandown race, then I would be thinking his price for the race he’ll take in at Cheltenham will shorten.
The name of the horse I’m currently concentrating on is Arzal.
Currently around the 12/1 mark for the Imperial Cup he’s also the same price for the County Hurdle on the last day of the Festival.
Saturday’s race is hugely competitive but I’m happy to suggest you give this a good old look with an eye also on the Coral Cup.
Best of luck