All selections, apart from Celestial Halo, are now trading at lower prices than when advised. Celestial Halo is still available at 12/1 despite a great trial run and win at the weekend. This means that all the horses selected are in good shape and are perceived to have better chances by the bookmakers than they did when posted. The only negative so far is Big Zeb’s fall on Sunday but he very much looked the winner at the time. Better to get the fall out the way before the big day!
Current prices of portfolio selections also emphasis the importance of taking an early price before the Festival gets underway. You need to give yourself every chance of making a profit and year after year this approach helps. For example, Walkon is now a best priced 5/1 having been recommended at 9/1. Obviously, the beast has to win (that’s the objective!) but assuming a tenner each way was placed on Monday 10 January when advised then a profit of £112.50 is made. If you back it today then you are looking at £62.50. Nice win but big difference.
I was asked today what my NAP bet is for Cheltenham. I will have one but it’s too early to say at the moment. It could well be in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle though. My preview of the Gold Cup will be posted here before the Aon Chase and Irish Hennessy at the weekend which feature several contenders for the sport’s Blue Riband.