It was a fantastic way to kick off the festival for followers of the blog, with 4 winners and some place money picked up, with the highlight being Un Temps Pour Tout forging clear at 16/1.
Here are today's thoughts in each race, good luck everyone!
1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
Yanworth is the real class act here, having been increasingly impressive with each race over hurdles. Best performance to date last time out when upped in trip round here, slamming the field by 7 lengths. Yorkhill is a worthy opponent and has plenty of scope but at the prices we are firmly in the Alan King corner.
2.10 RSA Chase (Grade 1 Novices' Chase)
MORE OF THAT 15/8
Won at last year's festival and twice round here over the winter.Only beaten on the one start and with more to come should be hard to beat. No More Heroes looks an exciting chase prospect too but may just not have enough for our selection today.
2.50 Coral Cup (Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle)
HUNTERS HOOF 20/1 EW (Coral playing 6 places)
Won on reappearance in October before floundering in the mud next time out. That run is easily enough excused, sneaks in off bottom weight here and looks worth a chance in what is a bit of a lottery.
3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
UN DE SCEAUX 5/6
A superstar and hard to see past him here unless jumping fails him here.
4.10 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
BALTHAZAR KING 6/1 EW
A real favourite of ours over the years and won us a fair few races so despite falling in last year's Grand National we are happy to stay loyal here. Knows way round here better than anyone.
4.50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
MESSIRE DES OBEAUX 14/1 EW (Bet365 paying 5 places)
French import who made a more than pleasing UK debut for Alan King when a close 3rd last time out. Is a very interesting prospect with more to come and worth a chance in an pen race.
5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race)
NEW TO THIS TOWN 11/1 EW (4 places with most bookmakers)
Two wins from two in bumpers and with more to come looks a steal of a price in this.