Always tricky are antepost wagers. I've already lost on a couple and the Festival is 3 weeks away!Keep them small (I'm maximum £5 win) and be realistic, the horse has to have a decent chance of actually taking part in the race your betting on.For those at the head of the markets, I always think its best to wait until the day before having a wager as they nearly always drift.
Thursday : David Pipe has Ballynagour in six of the festival handicaps but punters have made up their minds where Ballynagour is going by backing him into 4-1 (from 5) with Bet365 for the Byrne Group Plate on March 14.Ballynagour was available at 10-1 after last Friday's runaway Warwick win for a race Pipe won last year with hot favourite Salut Flo, who shares the same owner.But standing in his way is Hunt Ball, last year's Pulteney Land Investments winner who is a general 7-1 chance for the Byrne Group Plate's 2m5f test.Despite being raised 21lb to a mark of 143, Ballynagour remains attractively treated on 10st 7lb in the Byrne Group Plate, although if top-weight Wishfull Thinking takes up one of his other engagements the weights will go up at least 5lb. That would leave Hunt Ball to head the weights from a mark of 157, 15lb higher than last year.Marc Olley, who handicaps the 2m4f chase division, said: "In my three or four years of handicapping jumpers I don't think I've ever put a horse up by as much as 21lb before. Only time will tell if 21lb was enough."