DAY 3 CHELTENHAM. Nearly out of hand-wash……

Exhausted. Surely this punishment can’t go on. Together with some 50,000 of my closest friends, I have chosen to self-isolate this week in a marquee or two at Cheltenham, where I am drip-fed Guinness, white and red wines of varying qualities and have to eat food to which only a very grumpy gourmet might turn his nose up. Despite all this, we continue to avoid finding the great “hit”, that wondrous moment when the 16/1 shot coupled in exotics with a 33/1 second and 25/1 third combine to pay the mortgage. Undeterred, we continue on.

As does the Pharoah of Galway, who despite a drear punting day, is still moaning about my failure to mention this morning that he had also advised THE CONDITIONAL yesterday at 15/2. I apologise. Always good to have a profitable day.

Thursday 12 March 2020
13:30 – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 2m 4f

There are only two players for me – ITCHY FEET and SAMCRO. When I say only, you could consider TORNADO FLYER and MISTER FISHER.

SAMCRO wins TORNADO FLYER e/w the others for forecasts

14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 3m

THE STORYTELLER wins – back both Henry Daly’s for small e/w bets and combine all 3 and JATILUWIH from Hobbs’ yard for a big price exotic.

14:50 – Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 2m 4½f

FRODON wins

15:30 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 3m

PAISLEY PARK wins. Too short a price. PENHILL with the Tote for a place

16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus) 2m 4½f

NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE e/w – DEYRANN DE CARJAC e/w – CHARMANT and SPRINGTOWN LAKE for exotics

16:50 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 2m 1f

CONCERTISTA wins – FLORESSA e/w

17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5YO plus) 3m 2f

CLOTH CAP wins – KILFILUM CROSS e/w – MILITARIAN and BOB MAHLER for exotics.

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