Play smarter on New Years’ Day as we provide our expert analyst’s tips for every race shown on ITV, including the Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
13:25 Dipper Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) – Cheltenham
proved a totally different proposition on the back of his chasing debut when readily scoring at Exeter last month, his jumping looking all the more assured. He can follow up with better to come despite conceding weight all round. A host of last season’s leading novice hurdlers are in opposition though, with On The Blind Side and Black Op feared most on this occasion.
13:40 ‘Auld Reekie’ Handicap Chase – Musselburgh
The way went through the race at Kelso last time suggested he’s returned in top form and is comfortably ahead of his reduced mark so, now down in trip with fitness assured, he can get firmly back on track to take this at the expense of last year’s winner Knockgraffon, with Forth Bridge also respected.
14:00 Download The BetBright App Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – Cheltenham
lacks the experience of some of his rivals here but, given his pedigree and previous impressions, he has the potential to be a top-notch chaser and, as such, is worth the chance to defy a mark of 145 despite returning from a lengthy absence. Divine Spear is a danger along with Newbury-scorer Aso.
14:15 Betway Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle – Musselburgh
is potentially very well treated handicapping in this sphere based on his Flat form and, having already proved his effectiveness over timber for Andrew Balding, he could be worth chancing starting out for a yard that excels with such types. Prolific 4-y-o Chica Buena, Scheu Time and Val Mome head up the dangers in a cracking race of its type.
14:35 BetBright Handicap Hurdle – Cheltenham
A good staying handicap. 2015 Coral Cup winner shaped as if retaining plenty of ability on his return for new handler Dan Skelton at Newbury and is well treated if he can build on that. Vive Le Roi and De Name Evades Me were ahead of him on that occasion and ought to figure again. The thriving Jersey Bean and the unexposed Chameron are others who could have a big part to play.
15:10 Kelkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) – Cheltenham
‘s poor run at Newbury can be excused and he can repeat last year’s trick and bounce back with victory in this Grade 2 for Nigel Twiston-Davies. Clyne could be a danger if keeping the mistakes down, while Midnight Shadow is the improver in the field.
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