Cheltenham 2015 – Day Four Selections

Day 4 is upon us, yada yada..


With a wildcard Lukey15 on Dicosimo, Martello Tower, Carlingford Lough and Kilultagh Vic.. Let’s be havin ya!

Cheltenham 2015 – Day Three Selections



With a desperate Lukey31 on Vautour, Regal Encore, Don Cossack, Zarkander and Buywise…

Cheltenham 2015 – Day Two Selections

Not much time for jibberish today, you’ll be delighted to learn..

Lukey15 Picks

Day Two Cheltenham picks

Notable mentions from preview night:


BG – Parlour Games on better ground, JH fancies Windsor Park e/w


Difficult to oppose Don Poli, but better value at prices, DK likes Southfield Theatre while all agree The Young Master is the value

Queen Mother

BJ insists Sprintre Sacre is on the form of his life in training (my gullibility concurs). Champagne Fever has the form at Chelt and not to be ruled out (DM + JH), Mr. Mole could be a decent e/w punt (DK)

Cheltenham 2015 – Day One Selections

The black and white mane of the Badger rolls onto the horizon once more

It’s that time of year again, when all 6 subscribers fervently hit the site looking for a list of nags to mark off their potential punts for the Festival!

This year, however, I come armed with a little bit of an edge, in the form of a series of incoherent jottings from the Moulson Canadian and StartSportsBets (who?!) Cheltenham Preview night in Bray last Tuesday night!

Featuring an auspicious array of racing aficionados; Barry Geraghty, Jessica Harrington, Dave Keena, Donn McClean, Geoff Lester, Denis Kirwan – the crowd, bored into a sense of submission in the first hour-and-a-half by free booze and what seemed like an endless ‘warm-up’ video of old-timey Cheltenham nostalgia, produced in circa 1993, were pleasantly awoken by the jovial tone and sense of meaningful input from the panel once they finally showed up and got the show on the road.

tired funny badger

Badger was tired

Anyway, enough of that nonsense.. selections!

The covered the 3 biggies each day, and touched on a couple of others, so I’ll post whatever ones they tipped, along with any legible sidenotes and finish up with my picks of the day, based largely on the words on McClean and Geraghty.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Douvan – too short at current price to back
L’ami Serge worth a punt with BJ riding
Donn McClean (DM) thinks Qewy is overpriced at 14s
Jessica Harrington (JH) fancies Bentelimar e/w at a price
A couple of mentions of Some Plan as a promising outsider


Un de Sceuax is his own worst enemy, should romp it but nerves could be an issue
Josses Hill, Vautour and Clarcam (DM and DK) all touted as viable e/w alternatives

Champion Hurdle

Faugheen will lead the running and is good enough to hold on but JH, DM and BJ all backed Jezki to nick it
Arctic Fire and Vaniteux could shine if the ground is good

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Cheltenham picks Day One

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The Big 8 – The only curry recipes you’ll ever need!

Best piece of Irish-made Indian food stuff on the net!

Toasted Special

More Spices

Been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately… I really must get more “Oirish” recipes on here, but I’ve been on a serious Indian buzz lately. Cooking Rick Stein/Mumrez Khan’s Lamb Karahi has taught me some great lessons about making curries. It’s taught me that if you have a good base recipe of onions, garlic, ginger and tomatoes, you can create many different Indian dishes. Using the “Rick Stein” base, I’ve been reading up and experimenting with many different dishes, tweaking ingredients along the way.

I’ve come up with a “Big 8” list of curries – all the curry recipes you’ll ever need. I’ll post each of the following dishes over the next few weeks. These are all dishes which I’ve cooked many times over, all of the time making improvements here and there.

I don’t strive for complete authenticity with these recipes, but these recipes are close enough

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Cheltenham 2014 – Day Four Selections

Need one or two of these to come in if we’re to call this a worthwhile four days of solid punting.  No multiples today, happy to withdraw my remaining funds this evening and let these longshots – and one banker – play out as they may..

cheltenham day 4 tips

It’s been emotional, as always. Til next year, or perhaps the Grand National, I bid you adieu.

PS – I’ve just done First Installment at 9’s too as otherwise the Gold Cup will be utterly shite as I watch Lyreen Legend pull up after a few furlongs!

Cheltenham 2014 – Day Three Selections

Thank Dani Alves I even have funds to get some of these bets on!

Cheltenham Day Three picks

Cheltenham 2014 – Day Two Selections

Let’s not waste your time or mine, today was pure pants, tomorrow probably will be too.

Here’s my nags, Lukey15 in yellow.



Cheltenham 2014 – Day One Selections

Wasn’t arsed renewing the ol’ Lukey15 premium domain (would rather buy four pints with the cash) so here we are, back where it all began on a free WordPress domain.

Many loyal followers have used these tips in recent years as a way of narrowing the field, so to speak; by avoiding these tips at all costs, you should have a pretty fruitful festival!

The less chit-chat the better, as it’s the busiest week of the year for anyone working in the industry, just thought I’d throw these out there for you all to note, and duly scratch from your plans!

There’s some excellent write-ups on each of the big races in the Cheltenham Previews section of the BetBright blog, with some top-notch tips from a bone fide At The Races journo – I half nicked his tips with a pinch of my own wild optimism.

Lukey15 Cheltenham Tips

*Yellow denotes the Day One Lukey15

By the way, if you’re looking to cash in on a free bet offer as many of us are at this time of year, you could do a lot worse than joining BetBright and availing of their £30 Risk Free bet offer – the site is currently single currency (GBP) but you can still deposit and register from Ireland – in a practical sense, that means you’re obviously betting a slightly higher amount, given the exchange rate, but in the case of this offer, if your first bet loses, you get your money back as a full cash refund, so you really can’t lose with this offer!

BetBright Risk Free Bet

Best of luck to all and sundry, let’s hope it’s another belter of a week, gutted I’m missing the usual Gold Cup piss-up in Cassidy’s – I’ll be there in spirit (double vodka coke, please). And a free bowl of soup

Betbright – The Best of the New Betting Sites?

We’ve seen a proliferation in recent times of loud new bookies’ looking for a piece of the higlhy-lucrative betting market action; be it the benign Betway ad I saw hitting the screen during Saturday night’s Premier League show Setanta, or the insane offer of Sprinter Sacre at evens for the Champion Chase from little-known ‘Racebets’ (lump!) – there’s a helluvalotta new contenders on the scene and it’s hard to tell which ones are good and which ones are pants.

One insane piece of value we saw on Friday was a tweet about Betbright’s risk free bet for the Liverpool V Villa match. Not only did they ramp up the price to evens (unlucky for the ‘Fool fans who did lump on!) but they made it a risk-free bet, whereby you get your stake back if the bet loses. Having kept an eye on their betting updates on Twitter in recent times, it’s plain to see these guys mean business when it comes to offering genuine value to their punters.

The current offer for tonight’s Premier League clash is Everton at 3/1 to beat West Brom, yes indeedy, I’ll be having some of that!

Nearly treble the odds for this special

Nearly treble the odds for this special

All-in-all, it’s been a thoroughly positive experience with Betright thus far, I look forward to trawling through the likes of Oddschecker over the coming months and seeing what value comes in for the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National. It just goes to show, there’s still plenty of room for newcomers to make a splash by offering real value to those who seek it. There’s some excellent sign-up offers out there and I’m always keen to add to my extensive collection of registration bonuses from the newcomers on the scene!

Having tried another Oddscheker-induced-newbie-discovery BetInternet last weekend, I was disappointed with the performance of their site and found locating the footy markets a little cumbersome, which is rare these days as these new kids on the block tend to be streets ahead of some of the old boys. Hopefully they sort their user journey out soon enough, on time to make a splash for the upcoming racing festivals – otherwise they’ll be left for dead by the like of Betbright and co. who seem to have hit the nail on the head with their great design and multi-screen functionality.

Have you guys come across anything interesting of late, feel free to comment and share your betting gems below.. or don’t, I’ll understand.