MINUS 6 AND HALF POINTS ON FIRST DAY. NOT THE PLAN.DAY 2
Before adding our ante post bets at end of week we are minus 6.5 on first day at the festival. However Willie Mullins has flew out of blocks and our 2 pts at 13/8 might break the back on todays disappointment. Patrick Mullins was spot on.
1 30. I have already advised BUDDY BOLERO at 20/1 and he is now 4 so thats ok. I am now also putting BACK IN FOCUS up trained by Willie. Patrick gives him a big shout also and is more worried about the big field and the fences more so than the opposition !! 1 pt win 3/1.
2 05. TAQUIN DU SEUIL , already advised a 1 pt win at 10/1 ante post. I really like this fellow and he is high class. He just might upset the too short to back Willie Mullins trained fav Pont Alexandre.
2 40 . Mullins can hopefully strike again here with BOSTON BOB . He is best priced at 7/2 with Paddy . 1 pt win.
3 20 . There is no value in SS and you just never know. SIZING EUROPE has been in splendid form and as he is the only legitimate danger he must be backed at even money with Paddy Power in betting without the fav. 2 pts at even money.
4 00. I really rate PENDRA in this and and have been talking him up for some time. He has tasted defeat only once in four starts and that was in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle behind Melodic Rendezvous. That form has been franked since again. The champion jockey takes the mount and he looks extremely well weighted at 11-1. I am more than hopeful his inexperience will not count against him as he will race prominently and is a big bugger and jumps well. I will be devastated if he does not go terribly close in what some people call a lottery of a race. Nap . 1 pt win at 8/1 with BetVictor and BetFred.
4 40. A crazy race to choose in but I will go a one pointer on MEGALYPOS at 9/1 with PP. Barry Geraghty told me he has worked very well at home in the build up to this race. I wish Pat Flynn the best of luck with South South West whom he gives a good each way chance too.
I will add my selection for the Bumper later.