Due to time constraints, an even quicker review than Tuesday with just 30 minutes spent looking through all the races via GeeGeez Gold.
1:30 Ballymore Novice Hurdle – BLACK OP 2pt win 9/2 (w/o Samcro)
Tom George and Noel Fehily won the Supreme on Tuesday and they have another interesting runner in the opener on Wednesday. Samcro looks very strong but in the market without him I think the 9/2 Black Op is fair enough with no problems on going, distance or field size front.
2:10 RSA Novice Chase – BLACK CORTON 2pt win @ 9/1
On the GeeGeez Instant Expert Black Corton is green across the board with 2 course wins, form on soft, proven at the distance and in this class. For me, this looks a decent bet today. Very consistent with 16 times in the frame from 18 runs.
2:50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle – SPRINGTOWN LAKE 1pt e/w @ 25/1 & LE BREUIL 1pt e/w @ 16/1
Both of these are likely to be prominent/leaders who have a positive IV here. Le Breuil also has positive sire stats overall. It's a bit of a lottery of a race but hopefully at least one of these will go close.
3:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase – AR MAD 1pt e/w @ 66/1
A few years ago I quietly fancied Ar Mad for Cheltenham before he had to miss the festival. Have not been following jumps racing and not sure what problems he has had but I do remember he was a flamboyant front-runner and has at least had a couple of fair runs this season. That style of racing could go one of two ways in this field but there are enough doubts over the front-2 in the market to take a cheeky stab at a huge price in the first time cheekpieces. Min could be the one to take advantage if the front-2 in the market fail to fire.
4:10 Glenfarclas Cross-X Chase – CANTLOW 1pt e/w @ 20/1
I remember Cantlow being favourite for this last year when placing and so this price is certainly eye-catching given his fairly consistent form in these race and the fact he acts on soft/heavy conditions.
4:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle – MERCENAIRE 1pt e/w @ 28/1
This is purely a bet based on sire stats and the trainers record at the festival. Nick Williams had a nice winner on Tuesday and he has a 7lb relative up on board this son of Soldier of Fortune, who has an amazing 22% S/R from big sample sizes both in hurdles, especially so in juvenile speed races.
5:30 Champion Bumper – HERECOMESTHEBOOM 0.5pt e/w @ 80/1
CD winner for a trainer with a good record here and in Bumpers and with horses returning after an absence.