Cheltenham 7-20
Tank Top 4 11/2
Mistress Nell 4 9/2
Zacharova 9/2 5
Lysander 7 13/2
Stolen Moments 8 8
D’Argent 10 7

Cheltenham 7-50
Laredo Sound 3 9/2
Suntini 8 7/2
Maraafeq 13 7
Leamington Lad 13 8
Simply Blue 18 10
Picot de Say 20 12
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I was almost put off by the evening starts to these – how can you race in the dark? I wondered. In the event, I don’t see the bookies being very generous with the early prices given the temptation for off-course punters to take them during the day rather than wait for the market in the evening. So, what do we have? In the 7-50, Laredo Sound comes out a firm favourite at 3/1, early 9/2, which is actually value. Maraafeq is dropped back in distance by Venetia Williams which I count as a plus but still don’t make him any better than 13/1, 7 early at Ladbrokes. Laredo is actually the only value in that race then.

In the 7-20, Tank Top and Mistress Nell are joint favs at 4/1, with Zacharova close on 9/2. Again, no conspicuous value to be had; 6/1 would strictly be needed to back Tank Top.

All in all, I might just pass or else go for Laredo Sound and Tank Top in a double.

Pre-race: ….which is what I have done….

Post-race:

1 Zacharova 12/1
2 Tank Top 100/30
3 Lysander 5/1

1 First Point 7/1
2 Leamington Lad 10/1
3 Laredo Sound 9/2

The point about early prices being short for evening races seems to have been bourne out here – Zacharova would almost certainly have been the bet at 12/1, value price 9/2. Of course, the clue was in the race name, the Mon Mome Handicap; I may adopt a new rule now, avoid any race with the words Mon Mome in it :-) Otherwise, my casual double came 2nd and 3rd.

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