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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

It’s trials day at Cheltenham this afternoon and there is some outstanding action for punters to get stuck into.

Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase     

Just before the ITV cameras join the party ahead of the third race of a star studded card, there are a couple of value bets in the Timeform Novices Handicap Chase at 1.15pm on the basis that likely favourite, Sizing Tennesse, has plenty of weight, whilst Ballyandy could be vulnerable over this trip on soft ground.

With the rain having come overnight, conditions should be perfect for THEATRE TERRITORY, who is surely capable of winning races off of her lowly mark.

Her stable is in great form and if she can repeat the effort that saw her chase home Ms Parfois here two starts back she’ll be hard to beat.

The big dangers are Full Irish and WAR SOUND.

Slight preference is for the latter, now that the Hobbs yard seems to be emerging from a terrible first half of the season. The step up in trip should suit him and he is thrown in on his best form over hurdles.

Theatre Territory (ew)1.15 Cheltenham7/1Bet365
War Sound (ew)1.15 Cheltenham10/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase     

The first race terrestrial television viewers can enjoy is also a handicap chase over the same course and distance, and Nigel Twiston-Davies has farmed these contests in recent seasons. He has two strong hopes again today and we prefer the outsider of his pair, ARTIC GOLD.

Again, the softening of the ground will suit him and he was going well when falling over the Grand National fences when we tipped him on his penultimate start.

It could be a big afternoon for local trainer, Tom George, and he looks to have the pick of the outsiders here – DRUMLEE SUNSET. He surely has the talent to take higher rank over fences and the switch of yards might revitalise him.  If he can handle the going he could run into a place at least at a big price.

Shantou Flyer and Bally Longford are others to consider.

Artic Gold (ew)1.50 Cheltenham12/1Coral, Betfred
Drumlee Sunset (ew)1.50 Cheltenham28/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Cotswold Chase     

The day’s big race is the Cotswold Chase at 2.25pm and it sees Bristol De Mai looking to redeem his reputation after a disappointing display in the King George.

However, we think the race can go the way of THE LAST SAMURI, who get a few pounds from most of his rivals. He ran a mighty race under a huge weight at Aintree last time out and deserves a big prize. If this turns into a stamina test, which it may well do, he looks outstanding each-way value.

The same is true of TEA FOR TWO, who must be one of the most underrated horses in training. He was allowed to go off at 20/1 in the King George despite his grade 1 win at Aintree last season. He’ll also be hard to keep out of the frame and is a much safer option than the likes of American, who ran so poorly last time out.

The Last Samuri (ew)2.25 Cheltenham5/1Bet365
Tea For Two (ew)2.25 Cheltenham10/1Stan James

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Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle     

The Ballymore Classic Novices Hurdle see another Tom George with a big chance. He saddles BLACK OP who is taking a big step up in class, but looks ready for it. He beat Claimantakinforgan in a bumper last season, which looks excellent form now.

That horse won a grade two over hurdles at Ascot last time out in a race in which SLATE HOUSE was fourth. We are big fans of Colin Tizzard’s six year old and haven’t given up on him despite that defeat. We think this longer trip should suit him better and, if he settles, he can re-confirm himself as a horse to follow this afternoon.

Black Op (ew)3.00 Cheltenham11/2Bet365
Slate House (ew)3.00 Cheltenham10/1Stan James

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Cleeve Hurdle     

The final big race at Prestbury Park is the Cleeve Hurdle, where THE WORLDS END could complete a quick-fire double for the George yard. Two runs so far this season should have put him spot on for this and he was going really well when falling two out at last year’s Festival.

It will also be interesting to see how EX PATRIOT does now upped in trip. He was a one paced fourth in last season’s Triumph Hurdle and, despite his breeding, he could really relish this sterner test of stamina.

The Worlds End (ew)3.35 Cheltenham6/1Bet365
Ex Patriot (ew)3.35 Cheltenham28/1Bet365

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Sky Bet Handicap Chase     

The day’s big race at Doncaster is the Sky Bet chase where the two we like are WAKANDA and VIBRATO VALTAT. They have L’Ami Serge to beat.

Wakanda (ew)3.15 Doncaster7/1Bet365
Vibrato Valtat (ew)3.15 Doncaster16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change