Cheltenham Festival 2014 Eyecatchers from Mark Grantham

I thought I would share a couple of horses running next week that have really caught my eye with a view to a strong bet.
The first one is Jonjo O’Neil’s ALFIE SHERRIN. A really likeable type who has had Grand National aspirations for a couple of seasons. Again this year though it will be bypassed. He is a horse I love and landed me a right touch when being backed from 33/1 into 14/1 to win the JLT Chase at the Festival two years ago. He followed that win with a superb 4th in the Irish National. He has had one or two niggles and has been very lightly raced since. He pricked my interest massively again though when 4th on his return in the Grade 3 fixed brush hurdle at Haydock back in November. He was ridden patiently by AP McCoy and I honestly don’t think he could believe how well he was going turning in. I liked that a lot considering he is much better over fences and a Festival punt is well and truly ready. He is in the Baylis & Harding on the opening day and the Kim Muir. He needs plenty to come out of both to get a run, but if he does, I expect him to run a massive race! Keep your eyes on the 48 hour decs, as the 20/1 available now may well have gone. If you have the firepower, bet now non-runner, no bet. Interestingly, Alfie Sherrin is an Eyecatcher for Cathryn Fry in our Community area. Sign-up now for immediate access. JP
The second horse I am really keen on for next week is WONDERFUL CHARM in the JLT Novices Chase. He has done absolutely nothing wrong so far over fences and has jumped beautifully. His second to Oscar Whiskey last time reads really well as he was trying to give weight to a very smart horse and lost nothing in defeat in a very good time. I think the make up of the race suits him really well and I am expecting a very big run. He is best priced 13/2 at the moment which looks an absolutely cracking each way bet and he’s my best bet of the week.
Let the countdown begin, can’t wait for the roar!
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