In conjunction with Hughes Bookmakers in Dungannon and Coalisland, the sports guru Kevin Hughes takes on a £50 charity bet each day at the racing world’s greatest festival.
Two winners last year - The Druid’s Nephew at 8-1 and Call The Cops at 9-1 - yielded a return of £850, which was donated to the Dungannon branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The New One did the charity bet no favours on the opening day, alas, so let us hope there is better luck awaiting us with the Wednesday hopeful.
And there’s a connection because the jockey is the same, Sam Twiston-Davies aboard Dodging Bullets in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The Paul Nicholls charge sprang a little bit of a suprise when winning it last year, the general opinion being that the fitting a tongue-tie for the first time made all the difference.
If he wins again in 2016, it will be an even greater achievement with two great chasers at the head of the market.
The Paul Nicholls charge sprang a little bit of a suprise when winning it last year, the general opinion being that the fitting a tongue-tie for the first time made all the difference.Kevin Hughes
While he may have the measure of Sire De Grugy, the question is whether he will topple Un De Sceaux, a horse that’s never been beaten over the big sticks when he has got safely round.
The Mullins odds-on shot won the Arkle Chase a year ago and, in truth, looks good. But, if he is not on absolute top form on the day, Dodging Bullets could be the beneficiary.