It's interactive time again, dear reader, as the build up to the great Cheltenham Festival reaches its crescendo.
Yes, today, I'm going to nominate my Cheltenham Festival banker.
But, more than that, I want to know what your best bet of the meeting is, and why!
So, it's a short post from me, as I nominate Master Minded as my bombproof bet of the meeting. I wouldn't mind 1/2 on him winning if completing the course, having seen the way his Moses impression with the last fence at Newbury. It may not have been the Red Sea, but MM was clearly expecting that obstacle to cleft itself in twain and ensure his safe passage to the finish line.
There was a remarkable image of him in many of the Sunday papers, showing Ruby Walsh literally two feet above the horse, his feet still just about stirruped up, and his flabber well and truly gasted. That was more a case of an elastic band than a super glue job for Walsh to remain aboard.
For all that, Master Minded's fencing is generally impeccable, and he laughed at reasonable opposition that day. We can expect that the horse will have been a good 10-15% per cent of top match fitness that day, and we can also expect that he'll be tighter than anything you'll see on Muscle Beach a week today.
Master Minded is my idea of the best bet next week.
I have to say - and it worries me greatly that I fancy three odds on shots - I also really like the chances of Dunguib, though there are clearly unexposed horses against him; and Big Buck's, whose only danger looks to be the resurgent hurdles returner, Tidal Bay.
Kauto Star might also win, but I would be against him. (The bet there looks to be Nicholls to saddle the first three home at 6/1 with totesport. I don't really fancy Cooldine, and the champion handler has Kauto, Denman, My Will, Tricky Trickster and What A Friend engaged of the sixteen still in).
So, enough about me... What's your best bet, and why?