We’ve got Cheltenham races tips for Festival Trials Day at Prestbury Park and are hoping to bash the bookies with some good-priced winners.
Punters can get stuck into a mixture of high-class contests, hot novice events and competitive handicaps, with selections for all seven races from Keith Hamer.
12.40 NELSON RIVER
Tony Carroll’s four-year-old looked a hot prospect when scoring over course and distance last month and is fancied to further enhance his Triumph Hurdle claims in our Cheltenham races tips.
Was considered good enough for a tilt at Grade One success as a novice hurdler and has taken well to the chasing game, going down narrowly on his debut over fences and then getting up by a short-head at Ascot.
1.50 SIRUH DU LAC
Lizzie Kelly has already partnered this likeable sort to four wins, with the six-year-old gelding showing a great attitude on each occasion, so this seems a partnership worth keeping on side.
2.25 FRODON (nap)
This seven-year-old can show he is more than just a classy handicapper by coping with a step up to Grade Two company in the Cotswold Chase.
Serious weight-carrying performances have become something of a Frodon trademark, especially when Bryony Frost is in the saddle.
His latest success under top weight in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over an extended two and a half miles last month suggested he could take higher rank now.
Trainer Paul Nicholls feels the time is right and we’re not going to argue with the 10-times champion trainer in our Cheltenham races tips.
Though Frodon has yet to win over three miles, he has run well at the trip behind the likes of Might Bite and is certainly worth another try.
Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old was most impressive on his debut at Warwick, running on really strongly to beat stablemate Clarendon Street, who has won since – as has the third home, Johnbb.
3.35 AUX PTITS SOINS
Former Nicholls inmate Aux Ptits Soins can stake a claim for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Festival by coming out on top in the Cleeve Hurdle.
The nine-year-old struck for ex-Nicholls assistant Dan Skelton when winning a competitive hurdle over this three miles on New Year’s Day, on his second start following a 601-day absence.
4.10 OUR MERLIN
Robert Walford’s game front-runner won nicely at Wincanton last month and then may have caught a tartar when second to the well-backed Monsieur Lecoq at Sandown.
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