- Bill Esdaile (City Am)
- Richard (Dickie) Johnson
- Mick Fitzgerald
- Charlie Longsdon
- Luke Tarr (Star Sports)
JLT Novices’ Chase
St Patrick’s Day kicks off with a wide open race. Mick thinks that if Monalee (3-1) runs he wins, but he’s 95% certain he’ll run in the RSA instead. Both Mick and Dickie like Paul Nicholls’ Modus (13-2). Whilst Dickie, Charlie and Luke fancy the chances of Terrefort (6-1) who is undefeated since joining Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows yard.
A race dominated by Willie Mullins in recent years with Vautour and current market leader Un de Sceaux (13-8). However, our panel don’t think he’s a banker bet. Mick and Luke fancy Waiting Patiently, especially if the ground stays soft. Longsdon recommends taking an each way punt on Cloudy Dream at 10-1 whilst host Esdaile has tipped Balko des Flos (5-1) a lot in his City AM column (although he is growing more and more concerned by the prospect of heavy going).
Despite Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae heading the market at 10-3, the 8 year old hardly got a mention. Johnson and Longsdon made a good case for Jedd O’Keefe’s star Sam Spinner (9-2) who they feel would be favourite were he trained by a more established name. Tarr likes the look of La bague au Roi (12-1) but has doubts around his participation. Esdaile thinks the each way value is Unowhatimeanharry (11-1), whilst Mick caused much amusement in the room with his selection L’ami Serge (10-1).
In terms of selections for the other races on Day 3, Dickie Johnson likes his chances onboard Louis Vac Pouch (9-1) in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle. Longsdon thinks that the Mcmanus horses have been well handicapped in the same race (Glenloe 8-1 & The Organist 14-1). Charlie also thinks his horse Pendra could go well yet again in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase. Luke Tarr rates the chances of Mister Whittaker (14-1) in the Brown Advisory Plate and the entire panel think that the Mares Novices’ Hurdle is already decided, with Laurina (5-6) picked to win.