DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 12/03/2019, 19:30.
Looking ahead to the final day of action, we have a tip in each of the seven races on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival.
Pic D’Orhy to Win and Each Way @ 8/1 – BET NOW
Paul Nicholls has done well with his French imports in the past and Pic D’Orhy, who was trained by Francois Nicolle over the channel as a three-year-old, is the latest of those.
The son of Turgeon won twice at Auteuil last spring and ended his career in France with a couple of solid placed efforts in Graded races, including when runner-up in a prestigious Grade 1 contest at Auteuil (2m2f) on very soft ground in early November.
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Ch’tibello to Win and Each Way @ 10/1 – BET NOW
Dan Skelton’s charge has already tasted success in a valuable handicap having taken the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr (2m, good-to-soft) just under three years ago.
That particular effort came off a mark 2lb lower than he races off here and he put a disappointing Haydock effort in November behind him when finishing runner-up over 2m4f at Aintree (soft) the following month.
The eight-year-old has had wind surgery since that Aintree outing and he looks to hold strong claims of recording a fourth hurdles success in this valuable handicap.
Birchdale to Win and Each Way @ 7/1 – BET NOW
Birchdale is unbeaten in two starts under Rules having made a winning debut when taking a good ground point-to-point at Tyrelle in March last year.
That Tyrella effort came over 3m and while both of his Rules victories have come over shorter, including when winning a Grade 2 contest over an extended 2m4f on good-to-soft ground here in January, he has shaped as if this extra distance would suit on each occasion.
Native River to Win and Each Way @ 9/2 – BET NOW
Native River took this race on soft going 12 months ago and while he’s run well on both starts this term, neither has provided the true test of stamina that he favours.
The flat tracks at both Kempton and Haydock where’s he’s raced this season won’t have played to his strengths and the return to soft ground and the undulating extended 3m2f of this race can see him repeat last year’s success.
Caid Du Berlais @ BET NOW
Rose Loxton’s charge has winning form at this venue in Graded company from his time with Paul Nicholls and he ran well here 12 months ago when finishing fifth behind Pacha Du Polder.
An early mistake didn’t help his chances on that occasion and he followed that fifth-place finish up with an impressive victory at Punchestown the following month.
A point-to-point winner on seasonal debut recently he can record his fourth chase success in a competitive renewal of this amateur riders event.
Ex Patriot to Win and Each Way @ 14/1 – BET NOW
Ellmarie Holden has made an impressive start to her training career and her representative here, Ex Patriot, is chasing a hat-trick, having followed up a beginners chase victory at Thurles (good) with a handicap debut success in a valuable contest at Gowran Park (2m2f, soft) last weekend.
The trip should suit Ex Patriot here and with further improvement likely, he is the selection to register his third win in five chase starts in this valuable handicap.
Dallas Des Pictons to Win and Each Way @ 5/1 – BET NOW
Last year’s winning trainer Gordon Elliott can follow-up this time around with his Leopardstown handicap hurdle winner, Dallas Des Pictons.
That particular victory came over 3m but this drop in distance shouldn’t inconvenience, having won over 2m4f prior to that.
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