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Chetenham Festival Schedule

10/3/17

Not long now and I’ll be using the weekend to recover after an exhausting couple of weeks attending various preview evenings in Britain and Ireland. All good fun though and I have one more event at Cheltenham FC on Monday evening.

My many thanks to Alan Potts for stepping in to cover Ante-Post Focus for the last two Wednesdays and hopefully he convinced you back Definitly Red for the Grimthorpe Chase who he described as “a solid bet at 3/1 if declared to run.” Incidentally, his back up selection of Seldom Inn was sent to Kelso instead and won at 8/1. Good luck to his two double-figured contenders for the Imperial Cup tomorrow.

The timings for the next week or so are thus:

Friday 10th: Weekend Preview (approx. 4.00 p.m.) Cheltenham Ante-Post (7.00 p.m.)

Saturday 11th: Cheltenham Ante-Post (7.00 p.m.)

Sunday 12th: Valspar Championship Golf Final Round Preview (10.30 a.m.), Cheltenham Ante-Post (7.00 p.m.)

Monday 13th: Andy Richmond Festival Trading Talk (9.00 a.m.), Cheltenham Ante-Post (7.00 p.m.)

Tuesday 14th: Day 1 Preview (10.30 a.m.)

Wednesday 15th: Day 2 Preview (10.30 a.m.)

Thursday 16th: Premier League Darts (8.00 a.m.), Day 3 Preview (10.30 a.m.)

Friday 17th: Day 4 Preview (10.30 a.m.), Premier League Picks (9.00 p.m.)

Saturday 18th: Weekend Preview (11.00 a.m.)

Sunday 19th: Arnold Palmer Golf Final Round Preview (10.30 a.m.)

If you are at Cheltenham and having problems accessing the content on your phone (some betting-related websites have been blocked in the past or the signal hasn’t been the greatest) please get in touch and that will be sorted.

Long-time members might be surprised to see that I will be covering Midlands National Day on the Saturday after Cheltenham as usually I’m too zonked to look at this. The reason being that I am in Dubai for five days the following week attending the Dubai World Cup for the first time so, as there will be no weekend preview for March 25th, I didn’t want consecutive missing weekends. It’s not the most exciting of race days with the Mares’ Final at Newbury being the big race of the weekend so the timings work out well and, as a replacement for that missing weekend, I will cover Easter Monday on April 17th instead which should be a whole more interesting featuring the Irish Grand National.

With only four PL games to choose from this weekend being the FA Cup quarter finals, there is no Premier League Picks today. I looked at a mix ‘n’ match of PL games and FA Cup ties but Arsenal, Man City and Spurs look good things to progress into the semi-finals and I didn’t see any real edge in the four PL games. Premier League Picks will return on the evening of March 17th when I return home from Cheltenham as we go search of an eleventh winning week out of 12. I could have done without Barcelona’s miracle comeback for my Real Madrid bet to win the Champions League!

Before I set off for Dubai I will cover the WGC World Matchplay golf on March 21st, though I won’t be able to give daily updates throughout the week so hopefully my pre-tournament fancies can take us deep. Then Ciaran Meagher returns after a break to cover six events in the following eight weeks including The Masters, where I will also be giving my preview. I think we’re both in the Hideki Matsuyama camp as the main play.

Mike Henderson has been going well with his recent darts previews and he followed up a profitable UK Open where he successfully selected Peter Wright to win the title, by going 2/2 with his Premier League selections last night. He will return for Week 7 of the Premier League next week.

Looking a little further ahead, it won’t be too long until Carl Redden is back in action covering his favourite part of the tennis calendar, the clay court season, where he did well for us last year and I’ll be overseeing the World Snooker Championships.

The very best of luck for next week. Win, lose or draw, enjoy, it’s only once a year.

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