Cheltenham is all about speed and jumping so it is appropriate that one of the most engaged competitors from Irish sport at Cheltenham today will be World Champion hurdler Derval O’Rourke.
O’Rourke’s passion these days is food and encouraging people to be active but in a social rather than a competitive way. She has a thriving online business at Derval.ie and is an ambassador for the PwC Staff relay Series in Dublin in May.
Today though here eyes will only be on one runner, Black Bow as he takes his place as likely favourite for the Wetherby’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
O’Rourke’s husband Peter O’Leary is an Olympian in his own right and his Grandparents Archie and Violet O’Leary were strong racing fans, owning the multiple Grade One winning Florida Pearl who raced in the same colours as Black Bow.
Trained by Willie Mullins who got three winners on yesterday’s opening card, and ridden by his son Patrick, Black Bow was an impressive winner at the Leopardstown Dublin Racing Festival in February and has a great chance of adding to Mullin’s stellar record in this race.
We would not be betting against Derval being the first one down to the winner’s enclosure if the dream does come true and we wish her all the best today.
Wednesday’s Top Tips from Sport for Business:
*Please note the value of your investments can, and in all likelihood will go down as well as up, but if you fancy a flutter…
Our Daily Hotpot: Monalee in the RSA Novice’s Chase at 2-10
Our Daily Outsider: Red Indian E/W at 25/1 in Coral Cup at 2-50
Our Fun Flyer: Each Way Treble Monalee, Cause of Causes, 4-10 and Black Bow 5-30.
Our Daily Hotpot: Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at 2-10 WON 5/6 €10 Win returns €18.33
Our Daily Outsider: Menghli Khan E/W at 16/1 in Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at 1-30 PLACED 14/1 €5 E/W Returns €22.50
Image Credit: Cheltenham Racecourse