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Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

2.00 Cheltenham We’re looking to get 2020 off to the best possible start with a win in the Fairlawne Chase, as it was once known, and with just twelve of them declared this time our job has in theory been made easier than it should have been. Still, we needed to whittle the field down as we do and we’ve come up with what we think are better half of the declared runners, all six of the below runners standing…

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

1.55 Cheltenham This year’s renewal is a typically competitive race, but a few have great profiles and some are well-handicapped, leading us to our six-runner shortlist:  Brelan D’As Having been rerouted from his intended two-mile target after racing was cancelled on the Friday, Brelan D’As ran a blinder over this 2½-mile trip when second in the BetVictor Gold Cup last month and it seems he’s found his niche. However, as good as he was that day and with potential further…

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Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): A Bridge Too Far for Benny’s Opposition

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): A Bridge Too Far for Benny’s Opposition

3.00 Cheltenham If one of the higher rated horses in this line up can claim victory, then quotes will be shortened for the Champion Hurdle back around Cheltenham in four months’ time. However, with the ground the way it is the handicap system comes into full effect and that has been reflected in the betting which has proven to be wide open.  This is our dirty half-dozen with the ultimate selection set to go off at a nice price. Benny’s…

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BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Head on Down to Springtown for Gold Cup Success

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Head on Down to Springtown for Gold Cup Success

2.25 Cheltenham With standing water having been evident on the track as recently as Thursday afternoon, races on Saturday promise to be real slogs through the mud and as such we’ve had to consider that in our thinking, along with class and how well handicapped the runners appear to be. On all known evidence, we reckon these are the six to concentrate on in the BetVictor Gold Cup and with betting set to be competitive, there should be some cracking…

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Dallas the Lone Star in Closing Martin Pipe Hurdle

5.30 Cheltenham After the pros have all done their work for another year it’s down to the conditional jockeys to round off a fantastic Cheltenham Festival 2019 in the £70,000 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. 24 runners will go hammer and tongs over 2½ miles in the lucky last, giving us all one last chance of a win and we have managed to carve this field up to leave this particular dirty dozen from which to choose. The selection is a…

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Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Magic Saint Up for the Cup

4.50 Cheltenham Our penultimate handicap betting bonanza for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is this tremendous old two-mile handicap chase, won in the past by such names as Pearlyman and Edredon Bleu. There’s over £61,000 to the winner and millions up for grabs in bets around the country on this one, so once more we’ve chiselled the field down to a final six with our selection looking to add to his trainer’s good record in the race. Forest Bihan Brian Ellison…

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County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Crooks to Peak in County Hurdle

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Crooks to Peak in County Hurdle

2.10 Cheltenham The County Hurdle is another brutal Cheltenham handicap but our final six here are all capable of giving a good account of themselves and the selection looks potentially very well handicapped. Capitaine There is a train of thought that a left-handed track isn’t his ideal, but he has put up one big performance around Cheltenham before when fifth in a conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle last April. The ground seems to be drying ever so slightly now and that…

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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: Cheltenham Winner to Come Any Second Now

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: Cheltenham Winner to Come Any Second Now

5.30 Cheltenham A full field and the spectre of amateur riders up top make this race a difficult one to solve, but with some desperate for the test this event will provide we think this dozen are the ones to take against the field. JP McManus has a strong hand as usual, while Irish trainers are out in force looking to land a contest that can make or break the punters’ day on the penultimate day of the this year’s…

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Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Azzerti a Strong Each-Way Call in Stable Plate

Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Azzerti a Strong Each-Way Call in Stable Plate

4.10 Cheltenham This is a very fine prize with over £61,000 going to the winner and it has attracted the full field it deserves. Many of the big stables are represented with the field a mixtures of ages and backgrounds, and while we like the top weight in the Pertemps Final we feel this time a featherweight could be the one to be on and at a very good price too. Here’s our top six for the Stable Plate: Azzerti…

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Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Freedom to Walk to Pertemps Glory

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Freedom to Walk to Pertemps Glory

2.10 Cheltenham Twelve hurdles around the New Course on soft ground in a handicap means this will be tough going, and with 23 rivals to beat whatever horse you back certainly has its work cut out to win this hugely competitive £100,000 handicap. But, with one crucial form line to follow and not all the competitors appearing to want soft conditions, we’ve trimmed this field down to six hopefuls all of which should give a good account of themselves. Aaron…

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