There's no jump racing in the UK today, so that gives me the opportunity to make a start on forming an antepost book for the Cheltenham Festival. I placed these wagers yesterday with NRNB (non-runner, no bet) bookies at the best odds I could find. For me, the whole point of an antepost book is placing wagers which give you a distinct chance at great odds should the horse run, so I tend to look for horses that may change targets closer to the day of the race. This may produce a few odd wagers, but if the horse doesn't run, then you get your stake money back!
Over the next week or so, I'm going to be adding to this antepost portfolio, and - on the Sunday before the Festival - I will be making my selection for the Ultima Chase Handicap on Day-1.
I'm also going to post a couple of links to race videos on Sportinglife which is free to register with, and when you login you can watch lots of race videos, no limits. I use it all the time. I've not done this before on the blog, so fingers crossed that it works. But the reason for doing it is seeing the performance with your own eyes is better than I can explain in words.
Finally, in respect of the Cheltenham Festival, I enjoy trends as some of them are very strong and you just cannot ignore them. But a trend is not an immovable object, trends help you produce a shortlist and it is form that should be the basis of your final selection.