Hi guys, this looks the toughest day so far in my humble opinion so please take it easy with your stakes today, enjoy watching the racing for the spectacle it is, and keep it fun. Good luck!
1.20pm Cheltenham – 2m4f (2m3f168y) (New) Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered as The Golden Miller) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
1 PT WIN BET ADVISED AT A WIDELY AVAILABLE 4/11
Sorry guys, I have to go with 4/11 Favourite and 5-time Grade 1 winner Envoi Allen as he is by far the most likely winner barring mishaps. He is already a 2-time winner at the Festival and I can’t see what beats him in this field. Besides that, I’m really struggling to figure out which one of his seven rivals looks the best each way alternative.
1.55pm Cheltenham – 3m (2m7f213y) (New) Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 11/1 WITH SKYBET WHO ARE PAYING 7 PLACES
KANSAS CITY CHIEF
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 66/1 WITH BETFRED WHO ARE PAYING 6 PLACES
The Paul Nolan trained 6 year old mare Mrs Milner has been coming in for support over the past week and looks one of many with chances in this 22-runner handicap. She ran well here on the old course when finishing a neck 2nd to On The Blind Side back in November, she is still unexposed at this 3-mile trip, the ground has turned in her Favour, she looks on a fair mark, and Bryan Cooper is a good booking. You can see here the tip for Kansas City Chief went out around 9.40pm last night as I suspected the 66/1 available for him may shorten overnight. He is currently 40/1-50/1. Can the 12 year old Kansas City Chief win this? Probably not but it’s certainly not out of the question having finished 16.5 lengths 6th of 23 in the race last year off a 7lb higher mark and this year he has the assistance of the excellent Millie Wonnacott in the saddle who takes a useful further 5lb off. In any event, he looks well worth an each way interest at 66/1 with a £5 each way bet returning £71 if he manages to place in the first 6 home. It would return £55 if you take the 50/1 with SKYBET and he finishes in the first 7. Hopefully that makes sense guys. He looks well-handicapped, the Neil Mulholland yard are in form (Last 14 days: 5-29, 17%), and he will hopefully be fully-fit on his fifth start of the season. He is 12 but showed he retains ability back in October when finishing 3rd of 17 over C&D so he could go well in my humble opinion.
2.30pm Cheltenham – 2m4½f (2m4f127y) (New) Ryanair Chase (Registered as The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 11/2 WITH SKYBET WHO ARE PAYING 5 PLACES
I’ve liked Fakir D’Oudairies for this for a while now and you can see here I tipped him at 11/1 in a Festival Ante Post Each Way Lucky 15 back on the 26th of February. He has course form having finished 2nd of 11 in last years Grade 1 Arkle to yesterday’s very good Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Put The Kettle On. This intermediate 2m4.5f trip could be ideal and this 6 year old gives the impression there could be plenty more to come from him.
3.05 Cheltenham – 3m (2m7f213y) (New) Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 5/1 WITH PADDY POWER WHO ARE PAYING 5 PLACES
Paisley Park has really looked back to his old self in his two runs this season so is likely to take all the beating. However, I think the 7 year old gelding Fury Road is a horse with serious potential and can give him a good run for his money. The selection was a neck 2nd to yesterday’s Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase winner Monkfish in last years Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle over C&D and he could be ready to strike here on his fifth start of the season. I’ve advised each way at 5/1 as it will be very surprising if he finishes outside the first three.
3.40pm Cheltenham – 2m4½f (2m4f127y) (New) Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
THE SHUNTER (NAP)
2 PTS WIN BET AT 7/2 WITH THE FOLLOWING BOOKMAKERS
I am very much with the Favourite, The Shunter, in this who is in line for a £100,000 bonus if he wins it. Of course, it’s hard to be confident in a 22-runner Cheltenham handicap but he looks on a very good mark and finished 2.5 lengths ahead of Entoucas two starts back who franked the form yesterday when only going down by a short-head to Sky Pirate in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase. He also comfortably won the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle over the old course here back in November. The Emmet Mullins yard is in hot form (Last 14 days: 3-8, 38%) and excellent conditional jockey Jordan Gainsford takes a very useful further 7lb off his back. He could be ready to peak here and is likely to take all the beating. He is my NAP of the day.
4.15pm Cheltenham – 2m1f (2m179y) (New) Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered as The Dawn Run) (Class 1) (4yo+)
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 14/1 WITH PADDY POWER & BETFAIR SPORTSBOOK WHO ARE PAYING 4 PLACES
Hi guys, I found this the most difficult race of the day to figure out so this is not a confident selection. This looks pretty wide open so please go easy with your stakes. The Joseph Patrick O’Brien trained 5 year old mare Mighty Blue was rated 104 on the flat and could easily improve past a few of these on only her fourth hurdles start with the drying conditions at the track in her favour.
4.50pm Cheltenham – 3m2f (New) Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Sponsored by the JRL Group) (GBB Race) (Class 2) (5yo+ 0-145)
GO ANOTHER ONE
0.5 PTS EACH WAY BET AT ODDS OF 20/1 WITH SEVERAL FIRMS PAYING 5 PLACES
The Irish raider and 9 year old John McConnell trained gelding Go Another One goes well fresh, has course form, will be suited by the drying conditions at the track, and looks on a workable handicap mark. He could go well in another wide open 23-runner handicap.
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