Cheltenham 2-05
Dave’s Dream 3 4
Sunnyhillboy 8 6
Harper Valley 13 20
Group Captain 14 50
Raise Your Heart 16 12
Silver Jaro 18 28

Another big field and likely mayhem (chases are so much more dignified, don’t you think?); I backed Group Captain at 50/1 – not miles behind ratingswise and with some good recent form in this class. Dave’s Dream is by all accounts the Most Likely Winner, clear on Topspeed and Postmark and may well be worth the 5/1 early price (now 4s at Ladbrokes). Harper Valley might be a blot on my copybook but has somehow come out as 3rd best rated whilst Raise Your Heart and Silver Jaro have chances to play a part in the finish.

Post-race: Well, none of that seems to have happened – I will be glad of a couple of days break after tomorrow. It’s been interesting, to put it mildly.

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