My tips for Saturday horse racing in Cheltenham - petsitterbank

My tips for Saturday horse racing in Cheltenham

Our expert Dave Nevison landed a 13/2 winner on Friday and shares his top four tips for Festival Trials Day ahead of Saturday’s studio shift with Tom Stanley and Steve Mellish. Enjoy every moment of an excellent live map on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra.

Nicky Henderson has two very short-term favorites in the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase and Chapel Stud Cleeve Hurdle and both Chantry House – back after being named favorite in the King George – and Champ needs to win impressively to really highlight their Gold Cup and Stayers’ Hurdle Claims.

I expect them both to win, but my bets are elsewhere on a crack card.


12.15pm Cheltenham: Glory and Honor

Glory And Honor looks capable of more than it has shown so far and a two-mile run at Cheltenham may suit it just fine.

He fell when he was definitely in contention for his hunting debut last time out, but it might prove a smart move to return to hurdles this term as he still looks handicapped enough to win a decent race like this one.

Glory And Honor has been tried further and works well but seems better suited by this trip. In a race where it is difficult to identify an outstanding candidate, I am happy to choose one at a price.

12.45pm Cheltenham: Iceo

Iceo was certainly impressive at Christmas on Paul Nicholls’ debut and he will be at the forefront of home defense for the Triumph Hurdle if he wins here.

He had tied everything up at Kempton and a slight mistake in the last one doesn’t concern me as it was probably a little lack of concentration as the race was won at that point.

Iceo has to give 3 pounds to Pied Piper Gordon Elliott, who came in handy for the Gosdens on the Flat. But it’s the clock that seems to separate them at this point – Iceo’s time figure was hugely impressive while Pied Piper’s was less so last time out despite racing 20 riders.

1.20 Cheltenham: goa lil

It has a lot of appeal for the lower weight here.

Goa Lil has plenty of hunting experience compared to some of them and he is now 10 pounds lighter than when he looked a promising four-year-old novice on the fences at the end of 2020. Although he has more miles on the clock than many of his rivals here may still have some improvement in him on the fences.

His return to the chase for his last three runs has shown he can jump well and, while Goa Lil probably wouldn’t have won at Newbury last time out if the leader hadn’t swung down the straight early, he departed with enthusiasm and propelled home in an encouraging effort.

1.55 Cheltenham: Flour

Lucy Turner has been given a real opportunity for a big Saturday winner here – and if Venetia Williams thinks she’s capable of taking over from the excellent Charlie Deutsch (and Rachael Blackmore), I’m very happy to see her. ‘accept.

Farinet stopped last time he was at Cheltenham but that didn’t tell the whole story as it was a very good run for much of the way and he showed the advantage of being handled with consideration once the fitness was told there with a very authoritative win the next time around at Sandown.

He was pushed back from the boards in this race despite his heavy weight and seems like a horse to follow. I believe he could finish better than a handicapper in time.

The January form of this stable is something to define your calendar – and, if anything, is even stronger than usual this year.

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