Another day closer to the Festival and racing as it stands comes from Punchestown, Ludlow, Doncaster, Newcastle and Kempton.
Gordon Elliott showcased his star studded Cheltenham Festival squad to the media yesterday. He has several popular ante post runners with the likes of Envoi Allan, who was confirmed for the Ballymore unless we see very soft ground at Prestbury Park which would make the Supreme an option, and Tiger Roll grabbing plenty of the headlines.
If you expect Elliott to have another good time at the Festival, check out the 6/4 on him to have four or more winners.
Tucanae – to win
Another pair that will be hopeful of success at Cheltenham is Brian Cooper and Paul Noland. Latest Exhibition has got both back in the big time with a Grade One win at the Dublin Festival. He is 6/1 for the Albert Bartlett.
Today, they pair up with Tucanae. A winner back in a Bumper last time out at Limerick over Christmas, her first hurdles run prior to that was a fair sixth. That race was won by Blue Sari. Whilst the Mullins horse has lost his way, plenty of others in that Maiden Hurdle have progressed and run well since. A return to hurdles over a slightly further trip should pay dividends at Punchestown today.
Burtons Well – Each Way
These races are popular with racing fans and always present a nice betting puzzle. Burtons Well may be eleven now but in comparison to many others in the race, he has few miles on the clock. His trainer Venetia Williams has a knack of being able to get a tune out of these horses coming towards the end of their days on the track, and a mark of 137 looks fairly attractive as an each-way suggestion here in a field with plenty of familiar names.