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Altior may headline the action on day two of the Cheltenham Festival but we have three outside tips that may interest readers.
With day two upon us we have three outsiders to provide some value in the Cheltenham betting, including a handicap debutant in the penultimate race on the card.
Mister Malarky @ 16/1 - BET NOW
While all the talk has been about the likes of Delta Work, Top Of The Game and Santini, Colin Tizzard’s Mister Malarky has crept under the radar somewhat, despite having won two of his three starts in handicap chases including by 13L over an extended 2m7f on good going at Newbury in January.
Connections’ hands were forced to a degree by a 12lb rise in the weights but the selection showed he was more than up to Graded company with a battling success in a Grade 2 event over 3m at Ascot (good-to-soft) just under a month ago.
The six-year-old shaped like a stayer that day and while his sole defeat in four chase starts came on soft going at Newbury in December, the way this race is run and underfoot conditions should play to his strengths and he looks a big price to spring a shock over some better fancied rivals.
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Bless The Wings @ 33/1 - BET NOW
While Bless The Wings is the oldest horse to line up in this year’s cross-country chase it would be dangerous to write him off having won over this course and distance in the past.
That victory came back in December 2017 in a handicap contest but he has run well in conditions events in the past, including when finishing 9L second in a good ground renewal of this race two years ago.
Gordon Elliott’s charge was a faller when racing prominently 12 months ago and while he has failed to replicate the form of his subsequent Grand National third in three starts this term, he ran a respectable race despite finishing last of six in a 2m5f hurdle at Navan when prepping for this race.
He also ran a couple of respectable races in course and distance handicaps here earlier in the season.
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Dogon @ 20/1 - BET NOW
Trainer Paul Nicholls has won this race three times in the past, most recently with Diego Du Charmil three years ago, and he saddles another ex-French gelding in the shape of winning chaser Dogon in a competitive renewal of this contest.
The gelding placed on all four starts over hurdles in France and has had just two starts for this yard, having ended his career across the Channel with an impressive 17L victory in a 2m2f chase at Fontainebleau (very soft) at the start of November.
Gelded since that victory, he put a pulled-up effort in a Grade 2 event here in January behind him when finishing runner-up over an extended 1m7f at Wincanton (good) last month.
The softer ground forecast for this event shouldn’t inconvenience the son of Intello and he looks to hold decent outside claims of making a winning handicap debut with stable jockey Harry Cobden booked to ride.
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