There are plenty of market movers on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, and the Follow The Money team have three recommended wagers for you to consider, two to back and one to oppose...
We start off in the in the opener, the 13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle, where our negative is Ivanovich Gorbatov 5.79/2 out to 7.613/2.
He impressed with his final start of 2015 on his hurdles debut over in Leopardstown but was outclassed by today's market rival Footpad in a Grade 1 last month and could only manage forth at odds-on. There has been notable support for Footpad today and Who Dares Wins. We think this Grade 1 may just be too competitive for Ivanovich Gorbatov so we are place laying him at 2.6413/8.
Now for our Each-Way selection in the 14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle where Shantou Village has received steady support throughout the morning. He has been backed from 6.05/1 in to 5.04/1 in what looks to be a tricky affair.
He was unbeaten until running into this year's favourite for the Neptune, Yanworth, here back in January and that form still looks the best on offer. We also have to mention that it was heavy ground that day and conditions would have not been ideal for our selection. With the ground officially confirmed as Good things look to be coming together nicely for Shantou Village and he can provide Neil Mulholland with his first winner at the festival this year.
Now to the race of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where the money has been flooding in for Don Cossack, 4.47/2 into 3.39/4.
Last night he was joint favourite with the Willie Mullins trained and last year's runner up Djakadam but that didn't last long as his price has steadily declined throughout the morning. Don Cossack was last seen at Thurles where his return to winning ways was a positive sign that his confidence was not knocked after his heavy fall in the King George at Kempton back in December. Many punters still think had he not fallen two out he would have gone past Cue Card and Vatour but that is something that will always leave us wondering. If we look back to his form in the Melling Chase at Aintree last year however, he destroyed Cue Card by 26 lengths and was eased at the finish. Punters appear to feel that if reproducing that form today there will be no catching this top class Irish stayer and a back is advised.
Place Lay Ivanovich Gorbatov @2.6413/8 13:30 Cheltenham
Back Shantou Village Each Way @ 5.04/1 14:50 Cheltenham
Back Don Cossack @ 3.39/4 15:30 Cheltenham
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Follow The Money February P/L
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Returned: 91.7 pts
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