Life sometimes can be a game of chance, but the adoption of a few basic operating procedures can certainly improve your ability to be successful. Talking to the right person is a good starting point. The world of Investment and Gambling are not automatic bedfellows but there are many similarities in the way you can choose to allocate your funds.  We like to think we have a certain expertise in designing the optimum investment portfolio for you. This time, for a bit of fun, we have asked our resident tipster and horse racing enthusiast Niall Rooney, for some of his thoughts on the forthcoming Cheltenham festival. Niall advises us as follows!

“As we approach the biggest National Hunt Festival of Racing in the World, we in City Life would like to give you some sage advice and help you, as best we can to accumulate a few Euros over the four days of the Festival. My late father had a Cheltenham winner  in 1978, Golden Cygnet. Diversification is the key to the week when trying to make money……. don’t follow the filly!!!!! Take a balanced approach. Try not to pick odds on bankers and look for value in a horse. Look at minimising your risk of losing money and don’t forget you can make money by backing each way.

Stick with Trainers and Jockeys who have a proven and consistent long term track record at the Festival. (Much like Investment Funds) Be mindful however that past performance of a horse, Trainer or Jockey should not be an indication or guarantee of future performance – but it helps!!


Here are a few of the horses that I will be closely following

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 14/03/2017 – Selection – MELON – Current price 3/1

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the season’s most popular Grade 1 races. The Grade One has become famous for the Cheltenham roar which is synonymous with the raising of the starter’s white flag for the first race of the Festival. Melon caught the eye in Leopardstown for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins but might lack the experience required at this level.


Champion Hurdle 14/03/2017 – Selection – Petite Mouchoir – Current Price 11/2

Petite Mouchoir was cruising towards what looked like being a marvellous victory in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle, before a poor jump at the last put paid to his chances of landing a maiden Grade 1 title. His trainer didn’t have to wait long for that title to come his way when the 6/1 shot upset Nichols Canyon to claim a surprise victory in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival. He’s a strong contender to watch out for & perhaps an E/W bet would be the most prudent approach.


Cheltenham Gold Cup 17/03/2017 Selection – Djakadam – Current Price 4/1

My Cheltenham Gold Cup tip for 2017 is the Willie Mullins trained Djakadam, runner-up in this race in both 2015 and 2016. He is superbly consistent, having finished outside the top three just once in his last ten starts, despite competing in seven Grade One’s.”


-Niall Rooney