DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 014/03/2019, 16:25.
We’re back with one final chance to increase the bank balance on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Sir Erec to Win and Each Way @ 5/4 - BET NOW
There’ll have been few higher-rated Flat performers switched to hurdles in recent years than the now Joseph O’Brien-trained Sir Erec. A good third behind crack stayer Stradivarius in a valuable 2m Group 2 at Ascot (soft) saw him obtain a rating of 109 in that sphere and he has shown good form in a couple of runs over hurdles so far.
He followed up a neck victory in a 2m maiden hurdle on good-to-yielding ground at Leopardstown in December with a Grade 1 victory on good going at the same venue early last month. The selection looked a class above his rivals that day and he looks the standout pick on form in this opening juvenile hurdle. At around the 5/4 mark he is taken to get our accumulator off to a winning start in the first race of the day.
Trainer Pat Kelly has saddled his representative here, Presenting Percy, to victory at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, following up an impressive success in the Pertemps Final in 2017 with a victory by 7L in a soft-ground renewal of the RSA Chase here 12 months ago.
The son of Sir Percy has had just the one start since, with that coming when defeating Stayers’ Hurdle fourth Bapaume in a 3m Grade 2 hurdle contest on soft going at Gowran Park in January.
While talk of a further prep run resulted in the gelding staying in his box, that shouldn’t prove too much of an issue and while the gelding has good form on soft and heavy ground in the past, his first victory here came on a sound surface, so should the ground dry out, it wouldn’t inconvenience Davy Russell’s mount.
Dallas Des Pictons to Win and Each Way @ 4/1 - BET NOW
The concluding race of the meeting, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, has gone the way of Irish trainers in four of the last five years and Gordon Elliott who has won this race for the last two years, with Champagne Classic in 2017 and 12 months ago when Blow By Blow, ridden by Dallas Des Pictons’ rider Donagh Meyler, triumphed.
The winner of two of his four hurdles starts so far, he broke his maiden over jumps when finishing 10L clear of his rivals in a 2m4f maiden hurdle on good ground at Punchestown in January. The selection also took a valuable handicap contest at Leopardstown (3m, good) on his first handicap appearance at Leopardstown last month.
The drop in distance shouldn’t prove an issue and while his two hurdles victories have come on good ground. he was the winner of a heavy-ground bumper over 1m6f in April last year when trained by Alain Couetil in France. At around the 7/2 mark, he looks capable of providing punters with a winner.
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