Cheltenham Thursday


1.30 Dynaste has the best form on show and is the selection. Captain Conan looks the main danger.

2.05 Sam Winner is the obvious choice and will be hard to beat. His course form is solid and trainer Paul Nicholls rates him as one of his main hopes at the Festival. He is a short price though. In looking for value Captain Sunshine is worth considering. He is capable on his day and has course form but the stable are yet to saddle a winner in 2013 which is a concern. Another to consider at a bigger price is Ely Brown who has won at Aintree and Warwick this season. For my selection though I have gone for Close House. He was a winner at Wincanton last time out and has run well at Cheltenham on both his previous visits. As a saver I think Ballybough Pat looks worth each-way support at around 16/1.

2.40 First Lieutenant has an excellent Cheltenham record and has been running consistently this season in Grade 1 company. I expect him to go well. The other one I like is Champion Court who has also shown a liking for the track.

3.20 Paul Nicholls is keen on the chances of Wonderful Charm. He has a fair bit to find on ratings but may be capable of improvement. Get me out of here has been runner up 3 times at the Festival but will need good ground to be seen at his best. Peddler’s Cross is the other one I like. He was runner up in the Champion Hurdle to Hurricane Fly two years ago.

4.00 AS long as the ground isn’t riding too soft I would fancy Hunt Ball to return to form.

4.40 Alfie Sherrin and Super Duty are my two against the field.

5.15 My selection is Arabella Boy.


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