Thursday’s Best at Cheltenham includes 22/1, 20/1, 10/1
There were no prizes for guessing who stole the show of day two of an amazing festival. A huge margin of 19 lengths separated Sprinter Sacre as the jolly romped home at fours on. He will dominate this division for possibly the next five years. That’s history now, and day three offers some good opportunities to get stuck in.
Dynaste was tipped up for Wednesdays racing, and day two’s loss will be Thursdays gain, as David Pipe opts to run over the shorter distance. Majestic at Kempton and Newbury, we will stick with the star novice to return at 7/4 in the opener.
In the second, Sam Winner may get home first, but looks well overrated at the prices. I like the look of Ely Brown to present a few problems, with good form for his new stable. His two wins have come in very competitive runs at Aintree and Warwick, and with some 22/1 and five places available, this can bring home some each way money. Longsdon’s horses have struggled of late, but a double on Sunday gives confidence that things are back on song.
In the amateurs race Sir Alex Ferguson’s Harry the Viking gets the call. I would usually stay clear of such an open contest, but at 20/1 and five places, the track should suit. Stephen Clements is a good jockey and could give Fergie some much needed cheer after the events at Old Trafford last week.
In the last, Uncle Junior looks a solid prospect. The ground is ideal and a course and distance winner, 10/1 looks a good investment. He won in Cheltenham in 2011 and 2012, and Mullins have five winners on the board already. We know he will stay all day long.
Dynaste (win) @ 7/4
Ely Brown (ew) @ 22/1
Harry The Viking (ew) @ 20/1
Uncle Junior (ew) @ 10/1