Apples Jade, seen here winning at Leopardstown in December, is our pick for the Triumph Hurdle
As ever for Cheltenham, Paddy Power has kindly given us a €50 charity bet for each of the four days of the Festival.
Since we are trying to raise a few bob for Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin, we’ll pass on a few of the week’s short-priced hot-pots and go for a bet or two that, if they came off, would win a decent sum for the fund.
We’re going with the very first race of the week here, staking €25 each-way on Henry de Bromhead’s Supasundae at 16/1 in the opener. The canny Henry has put this horse aside for the race ever since he won a good novice hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas. I expect him to be ready to run for his life on Tuesday and to put it up to the favourite, Min, from the Willie Mullins yard.
On the second day, I’m waiting until the second last race for Diego du Charmil, who is priced at 6/1. This fellow is very well handicapped and the Paul Nicholls stable has a fine record in the race over the years, having won it twice and had quite a few placed horses. I reckon this French-bred is their best chance this year.
We’re going with Dynaste, at 16/1, in a sporting €25 each-way wager in the Ryanair Chase. The horse won the race a couple of years ago and always goes well at the Cheltenham Festival. This race could cut up badly, with as many as six of the top ten in the betting this morning not likely to run. So Dynaste, who will definitely go there, appeals to me.
At last we get around to putting a Willie Mullins runner into our selections and it is Apples Jade, a 16/1 shot, in Friday’s first event, the Triumph Hurdle. We’ll have €25 each-way on this good mare, who will be getting a seven-pound allowance off the boys in this race. Her trainer has been very sweet on this horse ever since she recovered from a setback six weeks ago.