We all want winners at the Cheltenham festival and before I disappear behind the luxurious silk curtains of the Paddy Power hospitality box for the entire week, I thought I’d try and give you a few.
So, in a nutshell, here’s my A-Z of Cheltenham horses, which will hopefully put us in the red on the biggest betting week of the year.
Here you go…
A is for Any Second Now. He has the best form in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.
B is for Burning Ambition. The Irish banker in the Christies Foxhunters on Friday.
C is for Cause Of Causes. He can make it four festival wins in succession.
D is for Douvan. It’s last chance saloon but from what I’m hearing of his work, Altior better watch out.
E is for Esprit De Somoza. A dark horse in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle.
F is for Faugheen. I’ve just got to give the old boy one more chance in the Champion Hurdle.
G is for Getabird. He looks the solid horse in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
H is for Hammersly Lake. He shouldn’t be discounted in Thursday’s Brown Advisory Plate.
I is for Invitation Only. Can give Willie Mullins four wins on the trot in the JLT Novices’ Chase.
J is for Jers Girl. Can push Apple’s Jade all the way in the Mares Hurdle.
K is for Killultagh Vic. If he jumps, he’ll go mighty close in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
L is for Louis Vac Pouch. The answer in the Pertemps Final.
M is for Mall Dini. Will win the Kim Muir on Thursday. You can trust me on that one.
N is for Next Destination. The horse to lower Samcro’s colours on Wednesday.
O is for Ok Corral. JP McManus’ main string in the Coral Cup.
P is for Presenting Percy. My idea of the RSA Chase winner.
Q is for Quevega, who could find her replacement in Laurina in the Dawn Run Mares Novices’ Hurdle.
R is for Rathvinden. The class act in the National Hunt Chase.
S is for Stormy Ireland. She’ll bring the wow factor to Friday’s Triumph Hurdle.
T is for Tully East. Back to the scene of the crime of last year’s win.
U is for Un De Sceaux. I’d love him to win back-to-back Ryanair Chases.
V is for Virak. Goes into the Christies Foxthunters in red hot form.
W is for White Moon. Watch this lad closely in the Albert Bartlett.
X is for Xenephon. And Tony Martin’s next festival success could be with Phil’s Magic in the Kim Muir.
Y is for Yala Enki. He’ll love the soft ground in Tuesday’s Ultima Handicap Chase.
Z is for Zero, the amount of losers I will back at Cheltenham 2018. And my banker? That’s easy. Footpad on Tuesday!