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Planet Sport tipster Andrew of Fiosrach crowns great Festival week with big-priced winner Monmiral

Racing horse owner Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t the only one cheering his 25/1 shot Monmiral and Harry Cobden to victory in the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

Joining him were regular readers of the previews provided by our horse racing trends expert Andrew of Fiosrach, who has been knocking on the door of landing us a big winner all week.

His trends-related strategy and expertise finally came good when the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old produced a stirring run up the Cheltenham hill to edge ahead of the valiant front-running Kyntara in the final 50 yards to win by just over a length. You might even say he pinched it in Fergie-time!

The win also gave Cobden his first success in what had been a pretty miserable week until then, and while Planet Sport Bet’s racing ambassador sounded surprised to have won in his post-race interview, Monmiral’s success came as no surprise to Andrew of Fiosrach, as he had explained in his Pertemps Final race preview:

“Monmiral is a horse that I have had in my tracker for a while, waiting for him to run in a three-mile handicap. Paul Nicholls does not have the best record in this race, but recently has had three places in the last ten runnings.

Monmiral looks to be too big a price in this company for a race such as this and could sneak into one of the places under Harry Cobden, who might just enjoy himself more on a less-fancied ride.”


Andrew had already given his followers a tasty start on the opening day, when he had shortlisted four runners in the highly-competitive Ultima Handicap Chase:

  • Chianti Classico - 1st at 6/1 (shortlisted)
  • Twig - 2nd at 28/1 (top pick 1)
  • Famous Bridge - 4th at 25/1 (shortlisted)
  • Weveallbeencaught - 6th at 11/1 (top pick 2)

To pick out four of the first six in a wide-open handicap race of that nature is an outstanding achievement and betrays a discerning eye for value that is beyond most of us.

But Andrew hadn’t finished there, because on Wednesday his best pick was another each-way punt on Ballyadam in the betting minefield of the Coral Cup, and Henry De Bromhead’s 13/2 shot put in a great run under Rachael Blackmore, but in the end was not quite good enough to get in front of outstanding defending champion Langer Dan.

And he hasn’t finished there, either, because Andrew has  already sent us his two picks for Friday's County Handicap Hurdle, where he has again run his trends-based analysis to provide his best two selections in another pinstickers’ paradise (or nightmare!).

READ MORE: Andrew of Fiosrach picks out his best two each-way prospects for the County Hurdle on Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival

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