With Cheltenham Festival starting on Tuesday, we all want to win a little bit of extra cash before the fantastic event starts.
The William Hill Imperial Cup Day at Sandown supplies us with some top class racing to get stuck into, as well as some decent meetings at both Ayr and Chepstow.
William Hill Imperial Cup Betting Tips
The Grade 3 Imperial Cup is lined up to be a thrilling race, which could cause problems for some punters, whilst at the same time representing top value.
A P McCoy is aboard the 3/1 favourite Regal Encore, who was beaten at short odds last time. For that reason, Vibrato Valtat may be a better option. William Hill offer 7/2 for Nicholls’ five-year-old who won well at Exeter last month.
Baltimore Rock represents decent value at 7/1, whilst Fourth Estate could improve for this and symbolises good value at 14/1.
Sandown Betting Tips
The European Breeders’ Hurdle Final is the other Grade 3 contest and is lined up to involve another big field. David Pipe saddles two entries and stable jockey Tom Scudamore has opted for the 5/1 favourite, Knight Of Noir.
He is in search of a hat-trick and may well improve to challenge here. Champion Jockey McCoy rides Gone Too Far, who has been very consistent of late and may well relish the stamina test.
Richard Johnson is aboard HORIZONTAL SPEED who represents very tasty value at 8/1. He won easily at Taunton latest and remains on the upgrade, so is one of the better bets for this open contest.
Carry On Sydney is the 9/4 favourite for the opener at Sandown with William Hill and faces Astrum once again.
The latter finished eight lengths behind the favourite when they last met, however Neil King’s entry is now 11lb better off which is likely to be enough. At 10/3 with William Hill, he represents fine value.
Rayak and Dormello Mo are likely to run well and will not make it easy for the two market leaders.
Tom George’s Chartreux was clear and going when falling at Kempton last time and is in line to make amends in the 2.40 at Sandown.
Both Merrion Square and Kasbadali shouldn’t be ignored, as they have claims for running well.
The Mares flat race is another very hard one to call. Pitter Patter won both of her starts in junior bumpers over a shorter distance and at least five horses have strong claims.
SOUND INVESTMENT leads the betting for Paul Nicholls in the Novices’ Chase, with William Hill a short 4/5 for him. He beat Massena easily at Taunton just over a week ago and should have enough to win again here.
Chepstow Betting Tips
Over at Chepstow, Consigliere is fancied in the 3.55 and Minella On Line is another who should run well in the penultimate race there.
BETS OF THE DAY:
SOUND INVESTMENT to win @ 4/5
HORIZONTAL SPEED e/w @ 17/2
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