I hope you were all on our horse racing tips at Cheltenham last week as we managed to find the winners of both of the big races we previewed – with Caid Du Berlais and Garde La Victoire making us a tasty 55.25 points profit on the week, which followed on from a 24 point profit the week before.
This week we’re previewing the big two races from Haydock’s Betfair meeting on Saturday, and we’ve got some strong fancies for both races.
This will be 10th running of a race that has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the National Hunt calendar, and it has a role of honour to match any other 3-mile chase run in Britain.
Previous winners Kauto Star (4 times), Imperial Commander, Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card are all right out of the top drawer, whilst Kingscliff and Snoopy Loopy cashed in on the only below par renewals.
Despite his four wins, Kauto Star only managed to retain his crown once, regaining it twice after losing it for one year. He won at the ages of 6,7,9 and 11, whilst the other winners were aged 6, 7,8,9 and 10, showing age doesn’t really matter.
This year’s protagonists include former champions Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti who will be trying to follow in Kauto Star’s footsteps by respectively retaining or regaining the title. Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up Dynaste returns to try and turn the tables on Cue Card, whilst Charlie Hall winner Menorah makes a bid to follow up his Wetherby success.
Neither Cue Card’s and Silviniaco Conti’s reappearances were particularly impressive and, though connections of both have stated that those runs will have put them spot on for this, I’d much sooner split my stakes on Dynaste and Menorah.
Dynaste has finished 1/1/2 on his last three seasonal debuts and, with the ground forecast to be a little softer than last year, he should make a bold bid to go one better. Meanwhile, though it’s hard to believe Menorah is improving at the age of 9, he has arguably put up his best two chasing performances on his last two starts, and his trainer Philip Hobbs is definitely the hottest trainer in the country right now.
2 points Dynaste 4/1
1 point Menorah 8/1
Betfair Fixed Brush Hurdles
Martin Pipe has won three of the last four renewals, his haul only interrupted by Trustan Times who won this off top-weight in 2012. Carrying weight in this handicap has been no problem in its nine year history however with 6 winners carrying 11-2 or more, whilst the other three winners carried 10-2, 10-13 and 10-10.
Pipe has two possible runners this year but last week’s Cheltenham winner Katkeau is readily preferred and he looks sure to make a bold bid to do what Grand Crus did in 2010 by winning the Cheltenham race and taking this a week later.
2012 winner Trustan Times also looks worth a small investment as he is now only 5lb higher than when winning that renewal, and could well make a good fist of regaining his title around a course where he usually performs well.
2 points Katkeau @ 8/1
1 point each-way Trustan Times @ 20/1