Good morning from Cheltenham, where a dry night has seen the official going at the course changed to good-to-soft all round ahead of the second and final day of action on the Old course.
It is an afternoon when Willie Mullins appears, for the moment at least, to have an iron grip on proceedings, and also a day when the bookmakers will be hoping to get at least one of the three – yes, three – odds-on shots in the seven races beaten. Two are from the Mullins yard – Chacun Pour Soi in the featured Queen Mother Champion Chase and Monkfish in the Brown Advisory Novice Chase and he also has Gaillard Du Mesnil
(2-1) in the opener and the first two in the betting in the Bumper.
The remaining hot favourite is Easysland in the Cross-Country, where the great Tiger Roll, winner of the Grand National in 2018 and 2019, will have his first outing for Denise Foster since well, we all know what since. This could yet prove to be the final race of his career, as Michael O’Leary, his owner, has made it plain that he will not press on with Tiger Roll if he feels he is on the downslope of his career, which is exactly how it has appeared in several of his recent appearances.
A slightly cooler afternoon than yesterday is forecast but it is expected to remain dry, which will start to focus attention on the going on the fresh ground on the New course, which hosts proceedings from tomorrow.
Don’t forget that our daily tipping competition in association with Betfair will be running again today, with £100 in a Betfair account to whoever shows the best return from a notional £1 level stake on today’s seven races. Entries as early as possible please, and if we can keep late amendments to a minimum, that would be appreciated too.