Cheltenham Day 2: The Bookies Strike Back

When I looked at today’s racing, I thought the card at Cheltenham looked near impossible.  Huge handicaps, no value in the Champion Chase in which Altior obviously dominated the market but looked foolhardy to oppose, and a Bumper to finish the day’s action in which all horses had won a race but hadn’t exactly visited the racetrack a prolific number of times.  And so it proved, as the tipsters all found the going heavy – figuratively as well as literally.

No winners for Racing Service 1, but a bit of good news in that I completely forgot yesterday to include their antepost selections for Day 1 which included Klassical Dream at 8/1.  I’ll add them to the end of Festival figures after Friday’s racing.  As for today’s action, they managed a couple of placed horses, but a loss on the day.

Things were going horribly for Northern Monkey; no winners yesterday and none today until the Cross Country Chase, the fifth race on the card.  But up stepped Tiger Roll, backed at 11/10 in a win double with a horse that had previously come in at 2/1, so a decent return that dragged the day into profit.

Nothing to report from Racing Service 2 which drew a blank today, although acknowledging that the racing was a form reader’s nightmare kept stakes sensibly low.

And finally, Racing Service 3 couldn’t continue yesterday’s excellent form, but by backing the extremely well-backed Envoir Allen in the last at 9/2 managed to essentially break even.

Day 2 Figures

Racing Service 1: Staked 5pts, -1.1pts.

Northern Monkey: Staked 3pts, +1.725pts.

Racing Service 2: Staked 4pts, -4pts.

Racing Service 3: Staked 8.5pts, -0.25pts.

Total: ROI -27.71%.

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