Cheltenham Saturday Tips: International Meeting Day 2

December 14, 2018

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The ITV cameras will be at Cheltenham on Saturday for a superb card of action. The feature race of the day is the Grade 2 International Hurdle. The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup looks a cracking renewal too. Dave Stevos fired in Cogry at 10/1 on Friday and he has had a look at all four live ITV4 races. You can check out his Cheltenham Saturday Tips below.

Cheltenham Saturday Tips

Cheltenham Saturday Tips: 1.55-Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3)

First up on ITV4 this Saturday is the Grade 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. This 20.5f contest has attracted a field of 15 runners and it looks a competitive heat. Rather Be is just 10/3 to make amends for his unfortunate mishap here last time. He was still travelling well when he was brought down and he races off the same mark here. He should go well for favourite backers. However, at a much bigger price Cobra De Mai could go well for the Skeltons.

This 6yo son of Great Pretender ran a strange race last time. He didn’t jump well early and looked like he would finish out with the washing. However, he flew home for 4th and just missed out on a place. He is reunited with Harry Skelton (on board for 6 of his 7 wins). He shaped well over 2 miles on his only start at Cheltenham, looking as though this trip would suit. At odds of 33/1 with four places available he is the each way pick.


Cheltenham Saturday Tips: 2.30-Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

Nine horses will line up at the start for this 3 mile Grade 2 Novices’ hurdle. It looks a pretty open race and Nicky Henderson’s charge Doux Pretender is edging favouritism at 5/2. He comes into this on the back of a couple of wins at 19f and 21f but he has to prove his stamina for this trip. One horse that should relish this trip is the Fergal O’Brien trained Aye Aye Charlie.

This son of Midnight Legend has won just once over hurdles, last time over 22.5f at Kelso. Although that was his first hurdles win don’t let that fool you because he has been highly tried at times. He has shown some solid form on soft/good to soft but it was proper good when he won at Kelso and that could be the key to him. Aye Aye Charlie is the NAP of the day at odds of 11/4.


Cheltenham Saturday Tips: 3.05-International Hurdle (Grade 2)

The Grade 2 International Hurdle has been won by some superb horses down through the years. You can often find plenty of festival clues and last year’s runner up Melon went on to chase home Buveur D’Air in the Champion Hurdle. Previous winners The New One (2013/14/16) and Old Guard (2015) are back for another shot at the title. Brain Power is another interesting contender back over timber.

The more experienced horses in the field may have to give best to something with younger legs. Summerville Boy has the credentials to go well and he should come on for his run in the Fighting Fifth. However, Silver Streak could be the one to be on. He was just edged out in the Greatwood last time and he will relish the nice ground. Barry Geraghty looks an interesting booking and a strongly run race will suit. At odds of 6/1 he looks worth chancing each way in an open race.


Cheltenham Saturday Tips: 3.40-Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

The girls take centre stage in the last live race of the day, a 20f Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. This looks a very open heat and that is reflected in the betting. Ratoute Yutty is just about favourite at 7/2 but her best form has arguably come on softer ground. At double figure odds Brillare Momento could bounce back to form after a poor effort last time.

Martin Keighley’s daughter of Milan made a pleasing return to action when 3rd at Worcester (20f gd). A mistake at the first cost her dearly here last time but she is better than that. Brillare Momento wears a visor for the first time and that could sharpen up her jumping. She has won twice on this track, both on good ground, and with conditions to suit she is the each way selection at 14/1.


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