Cheltenham Festival Competition Day 1 Round up

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Day One at Cheltenham did not fail to produce, with another wonderful days’ racing.  Champagne Fever seemed to appreciate the drying ground as he stayed on gamely, when favourite My Tent or Yours looked sure to win coming to the last fence.  Willie Mullins’ mount however was not to be denied and was a deserved winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, at 5/1.

Odds-on backers would have been quivering watching Simonsig who did not jump with much enthusiasm. However he showed his true class to hold on from a superb effort of Baily Green in 2nd to take the Arkle, the pair were well clear of 3rd.  Golden Chieftain was a surprise winner of the JLT Handicap, beating Our Mick after a great ride.  Unfortunately we lost the Cross Country Chase which will now become part of Thursday’s racecard.

Quevega won the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle for the 5th consecutive year, but it was by no means straightforward as Sirene D’Ainay headed for home early with Quevega well behind. However an amazing Ruby Walsh ride and a determined Quevega were not to be denied, as she flew up the Cheltenham hill.

I can’t help but feel disappointed that connections chose this race instead of the World Hurdle, surely she would have had a massive chance.  The day ended with Radjhani Express coming home under a perfect Sam Waley-Cohen ride.  I have been a critic of Sam’s many times however no one can fault his efforts on Nicky Henderson’s mount, timing his run to perfection.

In the Competition it is Simon Shepherd who leads the pack after Day One and takes home a £10 bet courtesy of our sponsors  Shepherd had two winners with Champagne Fever first up and he was the only entrant to select Golden Chieftain at 28-1.

Shepherd sets the standard with a profit of £54.27, not bad going for someone who has no clue about the GG’s; I’m beginning to think it was an error lending him his entry fee.  Shepherd is followed by Mark Nuttall in second who has a healthy profit of £37.25, Nuttall also had Champagne Fever along with Radjhani Express.  Last year’s runner up Nik Jenkins is close up in 3rd place with a £34.50 profit.

Jenkins has a knack of producing the goods late, however his prominent approach this year seems to have taken some by surprise.  Nik’s brother Ross had this to say “What Nik knows about horse racing you can write on the back of a postage stamp, who the hell would have Baily Green and Radjhani Express in their picks?  I will be getting my lottery numbers from him tomorrow”.  I believe it or not am in 4th place with my 1st selections, the same two winners as Nuttall popped in for me and it once again shows that I’m in the wrong profession.

Craig Jones and Ross Preston complete to money placings at this early stage, with Jones showing a £28.65 profit and Preston a £23.46 profit.  These two players have more winners than those above but lets face it, we all could have picked the odds on shots J.

Down at the other end of the table we have seven players who I can take the mickey out of, I mean erm, have yet to register a place.  Current Wooden Spoon holder Ross Jenkins has not started the way he had hoped and looking at his selections, I don’t think any of them actually finished a race. I will recommend that we all steer clear of his picks for the next few days.  Lee Fenney had been bigging himself up in the Riverside Truck Rental workshop this week, but he may live to regret that as he helps to prop up the table.

Avril Moore has not started well and her poor performance adds fuel to my theory that I was switched at birth.  Rob Glorman has had some tough times but it will only get worse if he finishes below his son Anthony; however lucky for him, Ant is only a few pound ahead of him.

Joan Roach is another who has yet to register a place which is the opposite to Tony McCombe who has 4 wins, which makes me wonder if Tony got the sheets mixed up when he handed them in to me!?!  Neil Woods has struggled to find a winner on day one in the past couple of years and this year is no different as he looks up at the likes of Darren Tyms, Ian Greener and Ian Knowles with jealousy once more.  Jim McGrellis is the final member of the “No Place” group at the bottom of the table.  His lookalike Jamie Carragher is retiring at the end of the season and I suggest that McGrellis does similar in the horse tipping, as he appears to lack the cutting edge that some of us have.

Please see the standings below.


Dave Moore – Competition Organisor

Day 1 Table

1Simon Shepherd021£54.27
2Mark Nuttall021£37.25
3Nik Jenkins011£34.50
4Dave Moore020£32.50
5Craig Jones031£28.65
6Ross Preston041£23.46
7Steve Watkins041£23.21
8Ian Greener (3rd String)021£22.83
9Dean Hamill011£20.50
10Gill Dearden022£17.40
11Joe Comins011£10.50
12Jane Heyes032£9.65
13Matt Bryan022£8.83
14Ian Bradburn031£8.40
15Martin Woods040£7.71
16Tony McCombe040£7.71
17Matt Edwards031£6.90
18Andy Brierley032£6.84
19Keith Phillips032£6.06
20Dave Phillips030£5.78
21George Lloyd023£1.97
22Andy Bennett020£1.23
23Chris Blackburn031£1.06
24Sam McMahon030-£0.35
25James Stocks030-£0.35
26Sam Riley021-£0.43
27Roy Leach032-£0.85
28Chris Harry021-£1.42
29Ryan Williamson002-£1.50
30Gary Didsbury020-£4.10
31Louise Roberts021-£4.69
32Ian Knowles031-£5.85
33Alan Cunningham020-£6.17
34Darren Tyms020-£6.17
35Jay Cumpper020-£6.17
36Wes Jones011-£6.75
37Tommy Sanwell012-£7.00
38Wes Farrington012-£7.68
39Gareth Holt020-£7.99
40Tom Batters022-£8.91
41Ian Greener (2nd String)022-£9.16
42Kerry Smith001-£9.50
43Colin Lejeune010-£11.50
44Chris Snelson021-£11.67
45Natalie Douglas012-£12.67
46Ian Greener021-£13.91
47Dave Hammond012-£14.48
48Rob Stocks020-£14.60
49Chris Bazley011-£15.44
50Dean Tynan010-£16.54
51Lee Catterall011-£17.00
52Ste Gardner011-£17.43
53James Orme011-£17.67
54Ian Wood001-£18.00
55Rob Chirnside002-£18.75
56Peter Doolan001-£19.25
57Dave Gates011-£19.73
58Gill Douglas011-£19.73
59Steve Stewart010-£19.94
60Jo Dorman001-£20.00
61Ian Knowles (2nd String)001-£20.00
62Paul Curbishley010-£22.18
63Calum Madell010-£22.67
64Ste Hughes010-£22.67
65Martin Whitehead001-£22.75
66Dave Herrity001-£23.25
67Ant Glorman001-£23.25
68Ged Swan001-£23.50
69Val Robertson001-£23.50
70Dave Moore (2nd String)001-£25.06
71Ross Jenkins000-£28.00
72Lee Fenney000-£28.00
73Avril Moore000-£28.00
74Rob Glorman000-£28.00
75Joan Leach000-£28.00
76Neil Woods000-£28.00
77Jim McGrellis000-£28.00