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The Open – Cheltenham Sunday Tips

We think trainers Dan Skelton and Philip Hobbs can have days to remember as The Open meeting comes to an end this afternoon.

Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle    CH4

With the ground likely to ride testing despite a dry night overnight, it could be worth taking on the two market leaders in the opener with DRUMLEE SUNSET given that he is in receipt of the most weight from Altior and Maputo in what will surely turn into a test of stamina.

Drumlee Sunset (ew)1.00 Cheltenham5/1Bet365

Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase   CH4

Hobbs has a strong favourite in the next and Garde La Victoire is certainly the one to beat, but at the prices we are going to take a chance on FOX NORTON, for the in-form Neil Mulholland. He is versatile, ground wise, and seems to have improved for a change of yard.

Fox Norton (win)1.35 Cheltenham13/2Bet365

Shloer Chase   CH4

The same may be true of SAVELLO in the next and we think he can cause a big upset for Skelton. He won the Grand Annual here in 2014 and had a nice pipe opener over hurdles recently. With doubts over many of his rivals, he is worth chancing, albeit that we’d love to see Sprinter Sacre bounce back to his imperious best and claim the valuable prize on offer.

Savello (ew)2.10 Cheltenham12/1Bet365

Greatwood Hurdle   CH4

The day’s big race is the Greatwood Hurdle and Skelton again has a major chance here courtesy of SUPERB STORY. He’s another to join Skelton over the summer and that move has paid dividends already following this horse’s smooth success at Wetherby last month. He’s a strong traveller who will be suited by the way this race is likely to pan out.

The same is true of DEXCITE, who looks nicely treated towards the foot of the weights. He was a big baby last season, but seems to be getting his act together now and it is interesting that Tom George goes for a race like this with a maiden who is still qualified to run in novice contests.

We were tempted by Days Of Heaven and Bouvreuil, but were concerned about Paul Nicholls’ comment that the latter might need the run.

The final vote, therefore, goes to the other George runner, OLOFI, who looks well treated on old form and loves it around here.

Bet365 are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race (just 4 places elsewhere).

Superb Story (ew)2.40 Cheltenham10/1Bet365
Dexcite (ew)2.40 Cheltenham25/1Bet365
Olofi (ew)2.40 Cheltenham25/1Bet365

Our tips in the later races are:

Alzammaar (ew)3.15 Cheltenham14/1Bet365
Valid Point (ew)3.15 Cheltenham25/1Sportingbet
Scoop The Pot (ew)3.15 Cheltenham7/1Bet365
Lisheen Prince (ew)3.50 Cheltenham5/1Bet365
Ballyandy (ew)3.50 Cheltenham10/1Bet365

Bet365 are also offering 5 places for each-way bets on the Open Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at 3.15 (4 places with every other bookmaker).