By News Team
Last Updated: 12th March 2020
With the Cheltenham Festival continuing on Thursday as we head into day three, we’ve spoken to William Hill’s trading team for some key tips from the trading floor.
Mark Howard, Group Racing Co-Ordinator
A competitive handicap however I think the Alan King trained DEYRANN DE CARJAC can be considered fairly treated. He has form with Champ who won the RSA and ran well in a Grade 2 here on his latest start and so I am hoping the better ground on this occasion will help him put his best foot forward.
Martyn Fagan, Senior Sports Trader
Although she has shortened significantly in price overnight, I still like the chances of CONCERTISTA in the Mares Novice Hurdle. She was an unlucky 2nd in the race last year and had horses like Black Tears (2nd Coral Cup), Elfile (3rd Mares Hurdle) and Epatante (1st Champion Hurdle) behind her that day, so the form looks to be working out. She also ran well last time out at Leopardstown where she got to the front far too soon, hopefully she can be produced a little later to the final flight this time and get the job done.
Richard Helm, Broadcast Director
After running well in a Grade 2 behind the ultra game Lady Buttons, FLORESSA will find this much easier now back in novice company. Her previous Newbury win has also been boosted after the fourth ran a fine race in Tuesday’s Supreme Novices’.
Dale Gibson, Broadcast TV Director
He was a good fifth in the Ultima last year and these conditions will suit a little better than the extreme ground he encountered at Haydock last time. Nigel Twiston-Davies was quite bullish about his chances when we filmed the William Hill Cheltenham preview show and he could be massively overpriced. Last year’s Scottish National 3rd Cloth Cap could be another at a price to go well.
Bobby Scanlon, Product Manager
I do feel the need to give a little more justification for my madness in taking on the best stayer in training. EMITOM has six wins from 8 runs, and was staying on when finishing 2nd to Champ in April last year (Champ who won that incredible finish yesterday). He then ran terribly after a long break, but won well last time in heavy ground so today’s conditions should suit. That latest run gives me a lot of confidence that today’s conditions will suit, and given the likely improvement still to come, at the prices looks a decent enough bet for me. We saw yesterday that an odds-on doesn’t necessarily mean a certainty so I am hoping another one gets turned over today.
You often spend time looking through runner form and not often do you think about the standard of the jockey, but in the Kim Muir it is worth paying close attention to the jockeys – maybe even more than you do the form. There are a few amateurs who are better than the rest, such as Jamie Codd, Derek O’Connor, and Patrick Mullins, and I’m siding with the latter to get the job done here. FITZHENRY has a blip in his form figures last time but that was over an inadequate trip and previously had been running consistently over around 3m. Today’s extra 2f could help get that little extra out of the tank, and with a top jockey on board for J P McManus (owner of 4 of yesterday’s winners), I’ll happily snap up double figure prices about this one.