Firstly apologies for a hideous day 1 the highlight of which for me was Buever D’air getting rid of the jockey and my £20 just to enjoy the Champion Hurdle one last time a free horse. Here goes for day 2 then but for what its worth I don’t reckon it will happen till Saturday…
13:30 Ballymore Novices
Despite the temptation to go with Champ, the 2nd behind Battleoverdoyen was genuinely unlucky and therefore SAMS PROFILE gets the tentative vote. Long odds outside bet on Jarvey’s Plate could be in order as he finished a close second to Arkle non-runner Elixir De Nutz.
My only doubt with SANTINI was the bruised foot scare but this may well be alleviated as the rain falls meaning Henderson’s charge can bring it home.
14:50 Coral Cup
The form of URADEL to ffinish a head second in the £350,000 Ceaserwitch at Newmarket in October trumps the quality of most of these and may be enough to win a valuable prize.
15:30 Queen Mother
ALTIOR unless something terrible happens.
16:10 Cross Country
Only an off day will prevent the well established TIGER ROLL.