The International meeting at Cheltenham gets underway on Friday, with Channel 4 offering live televised coverage of the races starting at 1.10, 1.45, 2.20 and 2.55.
It is worth noting that Paddy Power are offering money back, as a free bet, if your horse finishes second to the SP favourite in all races at Cheltenham today.
Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Handicap Hurdle
A Hare Breath did us a nice favour at The Open meeting at Cheltenham last month and Ben Paulling’s runner returns to Prestbury Park this afternoon on the opening day of the latest meeting of 2015 at the home of National Hunt racing.
But the handicapper has had his say in the intervening period and there is also the risk of the “bounce” factor, so he may be vulnerable and a chance instead is taken with OLOFI, who is very well treated on his old form. He also loves the track and the drop in class could rekindle his enthusiasm. He won’t mind the ground either, which may have gone against our other fancies, Mad Jack Mytton and Cape Caster.
Sky Bet are offering money back, as a free bet, if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd.
|Olofi (ew)||1.10 Cheltenham||12/1||Bet365, Sky Bet|
Citipost Handicap Hurdle
Our fancied runner in the competitive staying handicap chase that follows doesn’t go to post now, so the next race to get involved in is the 3m hurdle at 2.55 where we fancy the favourite ONE TRACK MIND and one at huge odds, ACCORDING TO TREV.
The former represents the in-form Warran Greatrex and could be well treated on his first run in handicap company, whilst the latter has lost his way in recent starts but may enjoy a return to hurdles here.
|One Track Mind (win)||2.55 Cheltenham||3/1||Bet365, Paddy Power|
|According To Trev (ew)||2.55 Cheltenham||80/1||Bet365, Paddy Power|
British Stallion Studs EBF National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle
Finally, we haven’t quite given up hope on DEXCITE who we’ve tipped up a couple of times in the past and he is worth one last chance in the concluding novices hurdle.
Paddy Power offer the best odds of 15/2 and remember they’ll also refund losing stakes, as a free bet, if your horse finishes 2nd to the SP favourite.
|Dexcite (ew)||3.25 Cheltenham||15/2||Paddy Power|