Cheltenham Sunday 1.50-Arkle Trial Novices’ Chase
There may only be six horses going to post for the 2 mile Arkle Trial but it is a field chock full of quality. Three of these will be making their chasing debuts, whereas the favourite Claimantakinforgan, Dynamite Dollars and One For Billy have all had a run over the bigger fences already. However, it could pay to take a chance on last year’s Aintree Grade 1 Hurdle winner Lalor for Hayley Woollacott and Richard Johnson.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when this son of It’s Gino scored in Liverpool last year and he is a horse with a huge amount of ability. He will appreciate the nice ground at Cheltenham on Sunday and his trainer is sure to have him well schooled for his chasing debut. Lalor can be backed at odds of 8/1 and if he is at his best and jumps well, he could be the one to beat.
TXODDS’ CHELTENHAM SUNDAY TIP: LALOR WIN @ 8/1
Cheltenham Sunday 2.25-Shloer Chase
Another small but select field of 6 will face off for this 2 mile Grade 2 chase. Just like the previous race, this contest is all about quality rather than quantity. Some seriously talented performers go to post, including the likes of Simply Ned, Brain Power and the likely favourite Sceau Royal. Forest Bihan and Sizing Granite are no mugs either. However, they all might have to play second fiddle to the only previous course and distance winner in the field, Le Prezien.
Paul Nicholls’ charge is the only one of the three market leaders that has a run under his belt this season. It was a lovely run too, in a handicap hurde at Ffos Las. He should have a definite fitness edge on his main rivals. Le Prezien won the Grand Annual here back in March, so we know he handles the track. He has done most of his winning on soft, but he has produced a couple of his best performances on good ground so underfoot conditions should be fine. At odds of 9/2 Le Prezien should give his backers a good run for their money.
TXODDS’ CHELTENHAM SUNDAY TIP: LE PREZIEN WIN @ 9/2
Cheltenham Sunday 3.00-Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
A big field of 19 horses will go to post for the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. As is normally the case, this looks a very competitive heat. Nicky Henderson’s talented mare Verdana Blue is the current favourite after an easy Grade 2 win last time. We are not sure that this track will play to her strengths though and better value can be found elsewhere. At an absolutely massive price, Man Of Plenty could go well for each way players.
Sophie Leech’s 9yo has failed to win for some time but he has run some big races in defeat. His record at Cheltenham is rock solid with career form figures of 3225. He was a good 5th here last time out, given far too much to do but staying on nicely. Sean Houlihan’s 5lb claim negates the fact that he is 3lb out of the handicap. At odds of 40/1 Man Of Plenty looks a cracking each way bet (5 places e/w available).
TXODDS’ CHELTENHAM SUNDAY TIP: MAN OF PLENTY E/W @ 40/1 (5 PLACES) NB
Cheltenham Sunday 3.30-Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle
This Supreme Trial is run over 16.5f and six young hurdlers will go to post. None of them can be discounted with complete confidence and the betting reflects that. Two For Gold is the outsider of the field at 16/1. On his bumper form he could find the going tough in this hot race. The phrase ‘could be anything’ could accurately be used to describe the rest of the runners, including our 7/1 pick.
The one we like is the Nicky Martin trained Colonel Custard. He will be partnered by the underrated Matt Griffiths (on board for last two wins). The form of his bumper debut has worked out well and he has won his last two races easily. Colonel Custard’s hurdle win last time came on heavy but he won his bumper on good. We think this horse would be a lot shorter in the betting if he was with a trainer with a higher profile. At odds of 7/1 Colonel Custard is our NAP of the day.
TXODDS’ CHELTENHAM SUNDAY TIP: COLONEL CUSTARD WIN @ 7/1 NAP