Author: Will Smith
Published: 17:58 01/03/2013
Having immersed myself in all things Cheltenham, I am finding it difficult to restrain myself from spraying bets around with scant regard for discipline. Around every corner it seems there is something else lurking that seems attractively priced and handicapped. For the mean time I am remaining strong and will wait until nearer the off, as all manner of things can change.
As for tomorrow, there is some cracking racing to go at. For a bet I am going to recommend something slightly different, as there are two horses that both look like they have extremely good chances of winning their respective races. So the best option is to include them both in a double. They are currently 5/2 and 2/1 with Bet365, and so a double pays 9.5/1. While they are short odds as single ventures admittedly, it could be argued that they should both be shorter.
The 11/4 shot is Aaim To Prosper in Doncaster's 3.30. The 2010 and 2012 Cesarewitch winner is faced with his first suitable test over hurdles since joining champion trainer Paul Nicholls, and can somehow run in his handicap hurdle debut off a mark of 124. Considering he put up a career best flat effort in winning last year's Cesarewitch off a flat mark of 107, he looks excruciatingly well treated - usually when something looks too good to be true it usually is, but let's hope that isn't the case with the ex-Brian Meehan horse.
The second horse runs in Kelso's 3.05, a low-key 2m handicap chase.
Sacre Toi has been a revelation since joining James Ewart, and has been expertly placed by the Scottish-based trainer. He won a similar handicap at Ayr 18 days ago, beating Lord Of Drums by a comfortable and eased down 6 lengths. With very capable conditional Dale Irving taking over from Brian Hughes, thus claiming 10lbs, he is actually 4lbs better of with Lord Of Drums. I have no doubt there will be more to come from Lord Of Drums, but in a race where Sacre Toi could get a nice uncontested lead, I can't see how he shouldn't win and 2/1 is a generous price.
Meanwhile at Newbury, Tartak is becoming extremely well treated and will pop up soon, but I think the trip of 3m 2f will stretch him. He might be one to back in the Byrne Group Plate at the festival, should he turn up there. The big race at Doncaster is of course the Grimthorpe Chase, and pushed for a selection I would be tempted by Night In Milan at 8/1 with Paddy Power currently available.
But it's back to our nicely priced double for the main bet of the day.