29 Oct 2019

Cheltenham Handicap Winners

Jump racing is back, and that means access to my all-time favourite betting venue.

For people who like to land a price, Cheltenham handicaps offer world-class betting opportunities.

I make a bee-line for any meeting that serves up handicap winners at double figure prices - and nowhere serves up more of those than Prestbury Park.

Only this March I put up WILLIAM HENRY on this blog for the Coral Cup, advised at 33/1 amid a fine week at the Festival.

The mud was flying that day and it was again at the Showcase meeting last week - always a plus in my book at Cheltenham from a handicap perspective.

As soon as the ground turns properly soft you can rule out the good ground operators, but you can also rule out the dedicated front running types; unless they get a very soft lead, they simply won't get home.

The key is to sift the remainder for abundant stamina in the conditions, far above the advertised trip - shortlisting any with an interesting handicap mark (not necessarily with just a low weight).

In terms of prime candidates, that often leaves a surprisingly small number - hopefully including some at workable prices. The bigger the better - favourites are not going to pay the bills here.

I defaulted to this strategy last week at the Showcase meeting and it again paid dividends with two winners from three bets across the meeting on my ENIGMA forum thread:

Day 1: Duke Street WON 9/1 SP (recommended 1.5pt win)
Day 2: The Conditional WON 14/1 SP (recommended 1pt EW)

A tiny part of the forum feedback is published below

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