Not a bad first day was it! Some awesome action. Uncle Jimmy did me proud finishing fourth at 25-1 and without the blunder caused by the horse falling three out he may have been nearer. He is one to follow. On to the big day and race and here are my selections.
CONQUISTO 1430 CHELTENHAM (nap) – this horse is a great traveller, especially on good ground. He was so impressive when winning at Ayr last season and has then followed that up with two great performances at Haydock and then ndefeating ASTRACAD at Aintree. He's now rated at 154 but I still think there's more to come and his strong, galloping style should suit here. Big chance for me.
QUENTIN COLLONGES 1350 CHELTENHAM (nb) – ran so well last season on his preferred ground. Winning superbly at Donaster in the Grimthorpe chase and then following it up at Sandown after that. The yard are in good form and he has the ground again. Should run a very big race.
GAUVAIN 1500 CHELTENHAM (treble) – caught my eye last time out behind Ely Brown and ran very well. He is on a very appealing mark considering his chase form. Has won a few times here and this longer distance over hurdles seems to have rejuvenated him.
WHITE STAR LINE 1315 CHELTENHAM – comes here seeking a hat-trick and has the ability to do it. Has won more recently on softer ground but has form on good ground and showed that here at the festival in 2012 behind Hunt Ball. Again another who must have a decent sniff.