We stay at Cheltenham for the second day of the International meeting. The going is Good/Good to Soft in places and showers are likely during the afternoon.
1.15 Cheltenham Raymond Mould Handicap Chase (CLASS 2)
Top weighted Vaniteux looks sure to have benefited from his reappearance at Ascot and is favourably handicapped on last season’s form.
Sew On Target is an outsider to keep an eye on having dropped in the handicap. Plenty of 20/1 around this morning. Unless the rains arrive he may find conditions too sharp, but is worth considering for future engagements.
I make Vaniteux my 7/2 favourite.
1.50 Cheltenham Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
A few of these tie in together on recent Betvictor Gold Cup form.
Aso would be my preferred of these-softening ground would be a plus.
Kylemore Lough is also expected to figure, again with softer ground being a bonus.
8/1 the field on my tissue.
3.00 Cheltenham stanjames.com International Hurdle (Grade 2)
Six declared for the £74,000 first prize.
A very difficult race to evaluate with form horse My Tent Or Yours being at short odds despite having something to prove after a disappointing run at Haydock.
Melodic Rendezvouz finished in front of My Tent yet is the outsider of the field.
The New One is of interest, with his chasing career being put on hold for his attempt to win this race.
I make My Tent Or Yours and The New One my 11/4 joint favourites.
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