With just under three weeks to go the portfolio is in excellent shape with all selections scheduled to run…and in the right races! Encouragingly most continue to be backed. Big Bucks is now out to 6/1 in a place following the impressive weekend win of Kasbah Bliss, but I still believe he has a tremendous chance of landing my NAP although Kasbah will provide strong opposition. If you are on with Hills as advised then the price is guaranteed.
Further positive quotes from Paul Nicholls today on Celestial Halo, my winning NAP last year, and What A Friend. On the former, “He has improved enormously since that day (at Sandown) and I am very happy with him. We know Binocular will be hard to beat, and Osana ran a good race at Sandown so they are the three. A fast-run race and a true test will suit this horse and we are very, very happy with him.” On Alex Ferguson’s What A Friend, “The horse is lean and wants to be fresh so hasn’t run since December. He is in great order. He has got a great coat on him and deserves his place at the head of the betting.”
Celestial Halo is amazingly still trading at 12/1 so I suggest you back him now whilst this generous each price lasts. What A Friend is also still backable at 13/2 with Hills and with the guranteed price.
Weather news from Cheltenham is that it’s been a mainly dry week and the ground is drying up.