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Champion Bumper (Grade One)

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

16:50 Cheltenham 17/03


The last race on day two, often fascinating from a spectators point of view, but not always the easiest race from a betting perspective. I will only be having a small bet on this race.

A race that is on paper a two horse race between the now both Willie Mullins horses, Kilcruit who demolished a grade two by 12 lengths barely coming off the bridle, in behind was the highly rated Ramillies and Letsbeclearaboutit who were both previous bumper winners. The other at the top of the market is Sir Gerhard previously of Gordon Elliott’s yard, now with Mullins it will be interesting to see what happens, he is unbeaten in bumpers having won a listed race easily last time out. For what it's worth, of the two I would be more inclined to back Sir Gerhard as I think last time out Kilcruit won a race that simply fell apart and was made to look more impressive than it was.

I personally don’t like taking short prices in this race as it has been known to throw up a huge priced winner with Relegate in recent years at 25/1 all the way back to Cue Card at 40/1 back on 2010. I have no real strong preference between the favourites and so my only bet will be a token each way play on another Mullins horse, Grangee. At generally 20/1, she is a nice price. Clearly highly rated by Mullins she was sent over to Market Rasen for a listed bumper there eventually being beaten by the highly rated Eileendover who was much shorter in the market for this before being withdrawn. I think the heavy ground went against Grangee there as she tired late on and was caught for second in the end. She was back to her best next time out on slightly better ground winning a grade two at Leopardstown, that form is better than some of the others ahead of her in the market and if improving for better ground as I think she might, rates a decent each way poke at 20/1.


Selection –

Grangee 20/1 each way 0.5pts

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