Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cheltenham 2021: Day 3

We're now on day three of this year's Cheltenham Festival. Yesterday's punting saw me return £29.06 from laying out £31, so - even though I was down - I didn't lose too much.

Overall, it's difficult to be precise because I still have ongoing wagers that are still in-play. However, when things finished yesterday, I was at -£24.89. 

That number is obsolete now after today's gambles. Plus, I should point out that I have cashed out on one of the 'Ongoing Mutiples'.

After having one loss and two places, I thought I'd take the offer of £7.33 for the 23p each-way Lucky 15 I had on what I thought would be easy favourites. The horse that was left - A Plus Tard - runs in tomorrow's Gold Cup. I will have some more time to reconsider my approach to this race, but - for now - I still think the horse has the best chance of winning and don't be surprised if I have another punt tomorrow.

Here are the results from yesterday along with my wagers for today.

Wednesday's Results

1:20PM Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
I had £10 on the winner - Bob Olinger. I lost two each-way bets (one was free) on Bravemansgame, which finished third.

Bravemansgame placed in the antepost Lucky 15 below, though.

1:55PM Brown Advisory Novices' Chase
I didn't bet on the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase because Monkfish was a very short favourite and I didn't know which horse to back for some each-way value.

Monkfish did indeed win.

2:30PM Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
I had losing bets on Sneaky Getaway and Thomas Darby. The winner was Heaven Help Us.

3:05PM Queen Mother Champion Chase
Put The Kettle On was the winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The horse I bet - Nube Negra - finished in second place.

3:40PM Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
Tiger Roll was the winner of the Cross Country Chase. Such an amazing horse, but I did not back him. My horse was Hogan's Height - it didn't place.

4:15PM Grand Annual Handicap Chase
This was won by Sky Pirate. The horse I have in the £1 each-way Lucky 15 for the week - Encoutas - came a very close second.

4:50PM Champion Bumper
My pick to win the Champion Bumper was Kilcruit. The horse finished in second place behind Sir Gerhard. This meant that I had a second 'place' in the 23p each-way Lucky 15 that's running for the week. The fourth and final selection runs tomorrow.

Thursday's Bets
1:20PM Marsh Novices' Chase
Envoi Allen is the horse to beat in this race. The odds are short, so I've gone for some each-way punts on Shan Blue (£2 each-way) and Darver Star (£1 each-way).

Even though I've avoided the favourite in singles betting, Envoi Allen does feature in a £2.50 each-way free bet treble that can be viewed below.

1:55PM Pertemps Network Final
The Bosses Oscar is the third horse I have in a £1 each-way Lucky 15. I need it to win, to be fair because I currently have one place and one loss with one to run tomorrow. You can view the bet in the 'Ongoing Multiples' section below. 

You'll also notice that I have The Bosses Oscar in the aforementioned treble.

2:30PM Ryanair Chase
I had Honeysuckle to win the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday and Mister Fisher to win the Ryanair Chase today in a £1 each-way double. Honeysuckle has won leg one, I now need the other horse to oblige.

Min is the third part of the £2.50 each-way treble I gambled using free bet credit this morning.

3:05PM Stayers Hurdle
I have punted on Sire Du Berlais using a £5 free bet. My wager is £2.50 each-way.

3:40PM Paddy Power Plate
I have a £5 free bet on this race. Farclas to finish first.

4:15PM Mares Novice Hurdle
Hook Up is my pick for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle. My punt is a £3 each-way.

4:50PM Kim Muir Challenge Cup
The final race of the day is the biggest gamble of the day. I've placed a £5 each-way on Shantou Flyer.

Ongoing Multiples
Here's how the multiples have been working out for me this week. Selections in red have lost, ones in orange have placed, purple selections have been cashed out and those in green have won.

£1 Each-Way Double
1. Honeysuckle (Unibet Champion Hurdle - Tuesday)
2. Mister Fisher (Ryanair Chase - Thursday)

23p Each-Way Lucky 15 
1. Shishkin (Sporting Life Arkle Chase - Tuesday)
2. Bravemansgame (Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Wednesday)
3. Kilcruit (Champion Bumper - Wednesday)
4. A Plus Tard (Cheltenham Gold Cup - Friday)

The above wager was cashed out to return £7.33 (43p profit).

£1 Each-Way Lucky 15
1. Busselton (Boodles Juvenile Handicap - Tuesday)
2. Encoutas (Grand Annual - Wednesday)
3. The Bosses Oscar (Pertemps Network Final - Thursday)
4. Staker Wallace (Hunters Chase - Friday)

Free £2.50 Each-Way Treble For Thursday
1. Envoi Allen (Marsh Novices' Chase)
2. The Bosses Oscar (Pertemps Network Final)
3. Min (Ryanair Chase)

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