Sitting in an out-dated pub on the outskirts of Newry; pondering of what may be at Cheltenham upcoming festival;

Realistically at this stage very little can be ruled out with any confidence, no bubbles have been busted as of yet. Rarely do I get immersed in sort of hype betting prior to the festival and only sporadically does any ante-post bet get my consideration though on this occasion I have been worn down– I’m officially going in knees deep on the Henry De Bromhead trained Captain Guinness (16/1) for the Supreme novices race at the festival.

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the customary curtain-raiser of the four-day Cheltenham Festival, it always receives a hearty roar from the jam-packed grandstand when the tapes go up; with a bit of luck my bank account will go up after the race also with my ante-post fancy.

What is so extraordinary about Captain Guinness?

In an exhilarating Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday afternoon, the Gordon Elliott trained Andy Dufresne came out on top, only just outbattling our Captain Guinness in the home straight. I have never been so awed by a second placed effort in a long time; the valiant son of Arkan is a big raw baby, who was keener than a mass goer throughout lent; brawling with jockey on-board Rachel Blackmore from the onset. Experienced rider Blackmore was trying to keep him mid-pack though the strong minded horse had other notions, shoving his way too the from much to early but to his credit he astonishingly stuck on to the bitter end, travelling and jumping impeccably throughout only getting overhauled close to the line by JP McManus owned Andy Dufresne by a minimal margin.

Captain Guinness was only racing yesterday for the second time in his career and that was some effort to be able to sustain such a frenetic gallop; there is no questioning he was the only horse to take away from that race materialistic of the finishing result; he is a legitimate festival contender in my modest judgement. Captain Guinness

This fascinating Declan Landy owned horse was the best horse in that above-mentioned race, experience just caught him out massively, he will be sure to improve for that effort and with more experience under his belt, he won’t be playing second fiddle at the Cheltenham festival. The Current odds of 16/1 for him in the Supreme look rather generous with all things considered.