Back Blood Cotil 1:20 Leopardstown @6-4, Arvika Ligeonniere 2:55 Leopardstown @5-6, Barcelona Champions’ League Outright @9-4 in 3 doubles and a treble.
The above proposed multiple will provide a very decent chance of holding a useful ante post voucher heading into the Champions’ League knock out stages early next year.
Leopardstown hosts top class racing on December 26th and it will probably pay to concentrate on the graded contests. Blood Cotil is the selection in the 1:20 following an impressive debut at Fairyhouse last month. On paper this isn’t a particularly strong contest and he receives weight from his main market rival. The same owner, trainer and jockey combination will look to double up in the 2:55 with Arvika Ligeonniere. His average winning distance from his last 3 runs stands at around 10 lengths. It is arguable that he was the best horse in the grade 1 Drinmore irrespective of the fact that he stole a march on his rivals at the start. He kept galloping all the same and similar tactics are likely to be employed here. Arvika Ligeonniere’s connections put Oscars Well’s jumping to the test at Punchestown by sending Twinlight to the lead and the result was that today’s second favourite fell at the second fence.
Barcelona have enjoyed a record breaking start to the campaign and for a team of their calibre this season’s renewal of the Champions’ League must be one of the easiest to win for a while. Real Madrid remain as second favourites but surely only by default. It could be said that this competition is their main focus but it is hard to leave behind the poor habits that blights their La Liga bid and play like a different team in midweek. Barcelona addressed some of their attacking shortcomings during close season by acquiring a genuine attacking left full back in Jordi Alba. Pedro has also rediscovered some of his decent form of two seasons ago. All in all Barcelona represent a more formidable force than they did a season ago.
The prices may be short for each leg of the proposed multiple bet but this blog has produced a strike rate of around 50 % thus far. Therefore for three typical selections we are a 5-1 shot to deliver a winning treble. A winning trixie in this case pays at overall odds of better than 7-1 and thus is a viable proposition.