Cham­pion tipster

Paul Ja­cobs gives the low-down on his month and fu­ture fan­cies

Racing Ahead - - CONTENTS - by Paul Ja­cobs

MY PUNTING MONTH

It was with­out doubt one of the most mem­o­rable Chel­tenham Fes­ti­vals I have NOT at­tended hav­ing been asked to show my ugly mug on Se­tanta TV to present their out­put.

Ac­tu­ally it felt as if I was still at the hub of the ac­tion be­ing based in Dublin within a stone’s throw of the River Lif­fey and even more im­por­tant 17 Guin­ness­laden Ir­ish bars within three quar­ters of a mile of my ho­tel; life sim­ply doesn’t get bet­ter!

I was joined in stu­dio by the hugely as­tute Rory De­largy and for­mer jockey Ken­Whe­lan who was a con­stant source of en­ter­tain­ment and knowl­edge. Some of his sto­ries would have to be censored even in an adult mag, but suf­fice to say his rid­ing ca­reer was colour­ful to say the least.

My reign at the top of the NAPS ta­ble re­mains in­tact as we go into the squeaky bum time of April cour­tesy of 10/1 win­ner Salmanazar and a few 9/2 shots here and there.

Chel­tenham it­self was a big suc­cess punting wise as I pushed the lay but­ton more of­ten than I care to re­mem­ber on Sil­vini­aco Conti.

Over the past two years I have got my­self into so many scrapes with well­known pun­dits hav­ing sug­gested that two years ago when he fell at the top of the hill in the Gold Cup that it was the demise of a tired horse.

I was lam­basted by sev­eral train­ers as well about this view,but I think the last two re­newals have gone some way to per- haps giv­ing more cre­dence to that the­ory.

Re­mem­ber RubyWalsh can more of­ten than not make a horse look good in the run, bet­ter than you or I think so my flat track prog­no­sis was put for­ward well be­fore most scribes sug­gested it the week be­fore Chel­tenham 2015! Cue a self-in­dul­gent pat on the back!

P.S. – he will not be the last win­ner of a King Ge­orge not to last home in a Gold Cup,Way­ward Lad was the best and most no­table of them and in my view he was a much su­pe­rior horse to Conti.

PJ’S APRIL WATCH­LIST

Go­ing for­ward from this year’s Fes­ti­val note­book picks in­clud­edVALUE AT RISK af­ter he trav­elled like much the best horse in the Al­bert Bartlett un­til stop­ping too quickly for my lik­ing com­ing around the home turn.

Whether it was his in­ter­rupted prep (pulled a few mus­cles on Tri­als’ Day) or he was sim­ply too im­ma­ture to carry his big frame through the closing stages, he re­mains a horse of huge po­ten­tial es­pe­cially over fences next sea­son.

And so onto April and I have en­sconced in my ante-post book at the mo­ment three against the field for Ain­tree in the form of last year’s fourth AL­VARADO – 33/1, (good warm-up run at Don­caster), SAINT ARE (33/1) and AL CO (40/1), third to Pertemps Hur­dle win­ner Call The Cops last time out and seem­ingly a forgotten player.

If the ground came up gen­uinely good then all three would have huge chances and I wouldn’t ex­pect them to start at their cur­rent prices.

I have also had a saver on SHUT­THE­FRONT­DOOR and you can still snaf­fle some dou­ble fig­ure odds on the ex­changes about a horse Jonjo thinks is Gold Cup class.If that is cor­rect,a mark of 153 is hugely playable.

In the shorter term Char­lie Longs­don is the trainer to fol­low as the quicker ground comes to the fore with his sta­ble be­gin­ning to pick up the beat.

Stay on­side in the short term with all­weather play MONALEEN, needs a mile and a quar­ter at least to ful­fil her po­ten­tial, while BIG BAZ looked un­lucky not to catch Lu­nar De­ity at Ling­field re­cently and will win a nice hand­i­cap on sand or turf this sea­son when get­ting an end to end gal­lop over 1m/10 fur­longs.

As for the Gold Cup 2016 de­bate I much pre­fer DON POLI to VAU­TOUR, cue my Sil­vini­aco the­ory although the JLT win­ner looks a shoo-in for the King Ge­orge and 4/1 looks a leg­endary price!

I have had a saver on SHUT­THE­FRONT­DOOR and you can still snaf­fle dou­ble fig­ure odds on a horse Jonjo thinks is Gold Cup class

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