Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Cheltenham look!

Another winning recommendation as Real Madrid won its game and made it through to the next round. The draw for the quarter-finals match-ups will be awaited with baited breath as usual, and needless to say, no-one wants to draw the Big One Barcelona, although you can read statements like "we can beat anyone, bring on Barcelona" in the press!

Like you know and as I mentioned before, I don't know much about jump racing. I know about the Cheltenham festival though and there isn't any doubt that the 4-day Festival is as exciting, or even more exciting for National Hunt fans, than any existing Flat programme on offer (Royal Ascot meeting, Breeders Cup etc). Even so, I refrain from venturing into jump racing because I find it hard to handicap the form of horses that can so easily fall prey to a mistake on an obstacle. Still, I open my eyes during the Festival, to have a passive look at the superstars on show. And there is one that takes the eye in the form Big Bucks. The Paul Nicholls horse is undefeated on hurdles and will aim to do a three-peat on Wednesday's World Hurdle. I was somewhat surprised that the trainer himself mentioned that Big Bucks was only his second best chance to win at the Festival, and his other star (among many!) Master Minded was his best chance for a win. The latter flopped today, so it remains to be seen how exposed is Big Bucks. On many books, the big question for the World Hurdle is whether newcomer Grands Crus can upend reigning champion Big Bucks. In my opinion, whether he three-peats or not, Big Bucks should be in the first 2 or 3. So I recommend him as a Place.

Place: Big Bucks

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