A cracking pair for Cheltenham


Paintball cracking each-way value at 15/2

Paintball has shaped really nicely on his two starts this season and looks value at 15/2 to make it third time lucky in the 12.35 at Cheltenham today.

The gelding had some very useful form as a juvenile last season and really impressed me when only having to be driven out to land a handicap over course and distance back in April off a mark of 123.

Although he is now 7lb higher in the weights, he showed that the mark was not beyond him when a highly creditable staying on third to Pateese in a hot handicap at Sandown last time out and with Kielan woods taking 5lb off his back he is nearly back down to his last winning mark.

Given that he should get the strong pace he needs to be seen at his best and has proven winning form at the track it’s hard to see him not being involved in the business end of affairs.

I had him priced up for this at around the 6/1 mark, so at the 15/2 on offer he looks overpriced in my eyes and terrific each-way value.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Paintball (15/2 generally available – use BOG firms)


6/1 Knockara Beau looks well treated

George Charlton’s Knockara Beau has slipped down the weights and looks overpriced at 7/1 in the 1.45 at Cheltenham today.

The gelding finished a highly creditable fourth in this contest last season behind Midnight Chase before reverting to hurdles and running some fine races behind the likes of Grands Crus.

His connections are now pitching him back over the larger obstacles off a 6lb lower mark than his fine effort in this last season, and after a recent pipe-opener over the fixed brush hurdles at Haydock he should be spot on to do himself justice.

The eight-year-old looked big and burly that day but travelled well for much of the contest before lack of fitness took it’s toll and was not knocked about – eventually coming home 11th of 20 to Dynaste.

He had some very decent form in his novice day’s, when he was narrowly touched off twice by this year’s Charlie Hall winner Weird Al and on those efforts he is certainly weighted to take all the beating.

Another plus is that he has shown his best form in small fields like today’s and at 6/1 he looks value against market leaders Mon Parrain and Fair Along.

The former has questions to answer after a very disappointing run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup while the latter has never shown his best form over fences at this venue

Daily Sport recommended bet: 6pts win Knockara Beau (6/1 bet365, Betfred, Paddy Power  – BOG)

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