By James Lonsdale
For us punters its one of the few times in the year that we are able to take on the bookies on a level playing field, markets are priced at over 100% giving us some tremendous value. I have always found analysing races at Cheltenham far easier than a standard Tuesday card at Catterick-form lines are easier to analyse, each horse is there to win (no handicap mark to protect), quite simply every horse trainer and jockey is going all out to win.
One area where I constantly fail when it comes to the festival is with the ante post markets. Changing of targets, injury and unfortunately death have once again marred my ante post festival portfolio. There is no doubting the value that betting ante post offers, but after this years heartbreak especially Darlan who I had backed at 16/1 last April, and having seen Sir Des Champs drift to a bigger price than the 3/1 I took after his Jewsons romp last year, I will be leaving the 2014 ante post market alone, well that’s the plan anyway.
In next weeks column I will be analysing the championship races and giving an insight on this years Irish raiders.