To many punter’s eyes, Vroum Vroum Mag would appear the best of the backable short-priced favourites on day one of the Cheltenham Festival and that may turn out to be the case, but at 11/10 on ground she’s never encountered, there simply has to be an angle in against her. Having walked the course myself yesterday, the ground is certainly no worse than good-to-soft in most places and with the sun and wind drying out the track all the time, THE GOVANESS (best price 16/1)
makes the most appeal as the one most likely to improve for the quickening conditions. Although she was ultimately well beaten by the Mullins hotpot at Ascot last time out, she did travel up well before the combination of heavy ground and the trip counted against her in the latter stages. Better judged on her performance when a head runner-up to Polly Peachum at Sandown the time before, Dr Newland’s charge therefore has to rate a fair value alternative at three times the price as Nicky Henderson’s second favourite. Moreover, the daughter Kayf Tara has shown her liking to today’s course on more than one occasion and with Richard Johnson booked, a big run looks on the cards.