I always put aside a few bob for Cheltenham and I’ve been studying the entries a bit closer since losing my last €5 bet on Singlefarmpayment, who trailed in fifth last week.
For my next fiver, I’ve been looking at Darver Star, part-owned by Louth farmer-breeder Pat Cluskey, his co-breeder Sean Fanning and their lotto-winning friend Simon Fagan.
Roksana, bred by John O’Leary at the foothills of the Knockmealdowns in Co Tipperary, would be roared home by the farmer punters in the Glenview Lounge, were it not for the COVID-19 cessation of such merriment. Just over the county bounds in Waterford, Henry de Bromhead’s runner Put The Kettle On has a reassuringly familiar name.
But I love an underdog and that’s why my money will be on Skyace, the mare running for trainer Shark Hanlon and owned by the Birdinthehand syndicate from Co Roscommon. Bought for just £600 as a cast-off from Willie Mullins’ yard, Skyace won over €20,000 in Down Royal last December. A good return by anyone’s reckoning.