Ray Flanagan with Saturday Cheltenham selections
thought for the day: Everything dies and that’s a fact, maybe everything that dies some day comes back”-Bruce Springsteen- Atlantic City”
A few selections from Cheltenham.
Cheltenham 1.50-Doing Fine
Has been threatening for a while to win one of these and certainly well weighted today at the foot of the handicap. Dismal reappearance run is a concern but sometimes a first-time visor can work the oracle and in-addition has the services of chase jockey expert Robert Dunne.
Cheltenham 2.25- Kings Socks and West Approach
Kings Socks had the cheek to run Arkle winner Footpad to 1 1/2 lengths in France and was well touted for the Byrne Group Plate at the festival. Ran a noteworthy race travelling sweetly before his stamina ebbed away in the home straight. The good ground will help a speed horse like this and there is the possibility that a summer wind op along with the application of a tongue tie will help the horse see out his race better than last season. Pipe reports to have targeted this race and while the early bird has caught the best price with this horse (12-1 yesterday) he strikes me as the most likely winner.
West Approach was a useful novice hurdler two seasons ago but failed to make much impact as a chaser last term. Good effort though behind Cogry on seasonal bow and this versatile sort could well stretch the from the front under an aggressive Richard Johnson steer.
Cheltenham 3.00- Boyhood
On the face of it appears too high in the weights but nothing particularly appeals to me in the race and perhaps Boyhood will be good enough. I had monitored this horse as a young novice and he made the grade last season winning at Cheltenham on New Years Day. Could be more to offer and although a stone higher today might have the edge on these opponents.
Cheltenham 3.30- Speedo Boy
Decent flat handicapper over the summer . Form over hurdles nothing to write home about but gets in here off a mark of 118 accordingly. Has ground conditions to suit and with trainer pleased with his schooling today ought to be the day for him.
Cheltenham 4.00- The Glancing Queen ( Without Royal Illusion.)
Caught the eye of dark horses expert Marten Julian when winning her point to point in the spring. Julian was reportedly impressed with how she quickened up having been involved in a sustained duel with two rivals from three out. Indications are this mare is a decent recruit and likely to make her mark this season.
0.5 pts ew-Doing Fine-1.50 Cheltenham-16-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Kings Socks-2.25 Cheltenham-8-1 General
0.5 pts win-West Approach-2.25 Cheltenham-11-1 General
0.75 pts win-Boyhood-3.00 Cheltenham-8-1 General
1.5 pts win-Speedo Boy-3.30 Chelenham-10-3 General
1 pt ew-The Glancing Queen-4.00 Cheltenham-10-1 bet 365- W/O Royal Illusion.