As we move on to Day 2 of the Cheltenham Showcase meeting, I’ve upped the ante to bring you four betting tips to cast your eye over.
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I have four bets for you to take a look at coming in the first four races. I think it could be a good day for Gary Moore as he sends out two very progressive types but I also have a big price fancy in the Pertemps qualifier who I think holds all of the credentials to make a big impact on Saturday.
We start off with a nice Handicap Chase over two miles and I see some rather likeable types in this field, but Haddex Des Obeaux looks particularly well-handicapped for Gary Moore. In fact, none look as well-treated as he does.
He progressed really nicely last season and finished off his campaign with two dominant wins at Doncaster and Warwick. I was pleasantly surprised by how well he travelled and jumped at Warwick particularly. It’s a really good test for Novices and he could take all the beating here if he turns up ready to go first time out.
This seems to be a French-bred dominated race and Paul Nicholls trains the favourite here, Blueking D’oroux. He is a nice horse and has plenty of potential, but I think he will need the run first time out.
However, Spirit D’Aunou has been hugely impressive and I think this is another Gary Moore horse that could turn out very smart. He’s certain to be geared up and ready to go first time out and he is a seriously slick jumper. He holds better credentials than the Nicholls’ runner and looks a touch classier too, so I think he will be tough to beat here.
This is a deep field once again, but a horse I like a lot is Twig, who runs for the Ben Pauling team. He has been a lovely progressive type, who absolutely pings his fences. He travels well on all types of ground and he looks the type that will really enjoy Cheltenham.
I’d like to see Beau Morgan just let him go and bowl along in a handy position and if he does, I find it hard to see how Twig won’t finish in the first three. He doesn’t do much wrong, he’s a horse that genuinely loves to race and this would be a welcome win for local trainer Ben Pauling.
These Pertemps qualifiers are always tricky to dissect, as its never entirely clear which horses are really trying here. That’s because any that are hoping for a run at the Cheltenham Festival won't want to ruin their Handicap marks too early
In a way, this works in our favour, as it gives a few of the runners at bigger prices, who are likely fully fit already, their chance to shine. So that’s why I’m selecting Willaston here. He has a lovely profile, he stays really nicely and is steadily progressive. I think he will love Cheltenham, especially off a quick pace, and his double-figure price makes me like the look of him even more.
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