Jollyallan can make punters happy in Cheltenham Festival opener

For he's a Jolly good fellow

Jollyallan to win Supreme

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Betting Tip: Jollyallan @ 8/1 with betvictor

The McCoy factor will ensure he will go off a lot shorter on the day and he’d be a shorter price now if he were trained by one of the bigger stables. He was just touched off by Garde La Victoire at Sandown last time, with the useful Bristol De Mai in third, and would surely have won that day but for a mistake two out and the bottomless ground. Given a faster surface to run on and a faster pace to run at – almost a given in the Supreme – he will be seen to much better effect and, more importantly, the race is his sole target.

Of the rest, L’Ami has impressed in rattling off a hat-trick of wins this term, including the Grade 1 Tolworth last time, but bookmakers are taking no chances with him at just 4/1. I’ll be amazed if he’s not bigger on the day and, besides, he is unproven on anything faster than soft ground. Last year’s Champion Bumper runner-up Shaneshill came under consideration at 16/1 as he will be suited by a fast-run 2m on better ground, while John Ferguson’s recent Newbury scorer Qewy is respected, though I see him as more of an Aintree horse given his flat speed.

Betting Tip: Jollyallan @ 8/1 with betvictor

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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