A series of narrow misses has made Singlefarmpayment one of the most frustrating of chasers but it could be worth chancing the horse coming good at last in Tuesday’s big handicap.
SINGLEFARMPAYMENT – 16-1 with Coral 2.50pm Cheltenham Tuesday 12th March
With a maximum permitted field of 24 and an entry of 105 connections of many intended runners are going to be disappointed in missing the cut for the Ultima Handicap Chase, the third race on the card on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. The well-backed 6-1 ante-post favourite Give Me A Copper currently stands at number 47 in the pecking order so Paul Nicholls’ lightly-raced nine-year-old is far from guaranteed to line up for the 3m 1f contest. With a rating 1lb higher, course specialist Singlefarmpayment went agonisingly close to winning the race in 2017 and deserves a change of luck having finished runner-up at Prestbury Park on four occasions.
Well it was nice to report on our racing updates for one day at least…so with all of this negative news about equine influenza, here’s a video of The Big Bite and Singlefarmpayment having fun in the field this morning🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/jRhIcyM9lI— Tom George Racing (@TomGeorgeRacing) February 7, 2019
Out of thirteen starts to date over fences the Tom George-trained nine-year-old has ran no fewer than on nine occasions at Prestbury Park with form figures reading 1-BD-2-2-PU-5-2-4-2. Of those four runner-up spots three were defeats by distances of a short head, short head and head. To suggest that the son of Milan deserves a change of fortune would be an understatement. Two excellent runs on the course this season, the most recent when just losing out on the nod against Cogry in December, Singlefarmpayment will go into the race a fresh horse and over the furlong shorter trip must go close once again at the 16-1 available with William Hill, non runner no bet in the latest Cheltenham Festival betting odds.
WHAT A RACE!! 😮👏— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) December 14, 2018
A truly absorbing finish as Cogry, who lead from pillar to post, heads Singlefarmpayment to win the CF Roberts 25 Years Of Sponsorship Handicap Chase for Sam and Nigel Twiston Davies 👌 pic.twitter.com/RQnU3JPNk0
If making the cut for the race the Paul Nicholls-trained Give Me A Copper must have a major chance. Well backed over the last couple of weeks the mount of Harry Cobden has been well touted recently and while a value bet at a double-figure price is short enough now at around 6-1. The big negative surrounding the son of Presenting is his lack of experience in this type of contest, having just the three starts to date over fences. The nine-year-old made a promising seasonal reappearance when fourth at Sandown four weeks ago but whether that entitles the horse to be as short as he is in the betting is open to question.
Of the rest the Venetia Williams-trained Calipto (20-1 with William Hill) should go well while previous Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco (9-1 generally) is thrown in off a mark of 152 if able to reproduce anything like that kind of form for the stable who has won three of the last ten renewals.