Want some pre Cheltenham bankroll? We’re going to attempt to select two winners across the two jumps cards tomorrow in order to do just that.
With all the top jocks resting before the big day at Cheltenham, there are several inexperienced jockeys riding out on Monday. That said, Richard Johnson rides a certain Minella For Party the 15:20 at Taunton. 9/4 is currently available with Bet365. 5/2 on Ladbrokes, but they recently revised their terms and conditions to state that bets placed before midday of the race aren’t best odds guaranteed, beware.
This horse finished 2nd over C&D last time and on his handicap debut, could be hard to beat. He bumped into the progressive Edmund Kean (who, disappointed big time at Sandown on Saturday). Prior to that he came up against a certain Chatterbox and My Tent Or Yours at Newbury. It came 9th in that race, but was up with the leaders until 3 out when fading. He now returns to the course again where he placed 2nd last time out, and against this lot, should have the race in the bag.
The second bet (and the NB) would be The Knoxs in the 15:50 at Taunton. I had a ing hard think about putting this horse up, to start with, he simply can’t jump. Jumping has cost him countless times in the past. He was obviously well thought of, going up against Oscar Whisky and being backed into 2nd favourite on that occasion. Grade one races beckoned, but shocking bad performances have meant he’s going down in grade here today. If he can get around without any shocking errors, he could win. If he doesn’t jump properly, he’ll finish last. You’ll know your fate after 2/3 fences with The Knoxs.
Why have i put it up then? We know he can’t jump, so why would i select it? Simply, the opposition aren’t great. Sona Sasta is the main threat, and the other two can be discounted (wins in class 6 races won’t win you this sort of contest). I expect The Knoxs to fight it out with Sona Sasta and at the prices, you could back them both and pretty much guarantee a profit (assuming these useful jumps don’t fall).
The Knoxs is currently 13/8 with Bet365.
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