Advised WEDNESDAY NIGHT 11th March

Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 13:30
Date: 12/03/2020
Horse: Itchy Feet
Current Odds: 9/2 Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook, both paying 4 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Itchy Feet won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown well last time out. He stumbled on the landing side of the second last fence and such a momentum stopping mistake would usual end any chance of winning, yet Gavin Sheehan got him organized and he picked up strongly to beat Midnight Shadow going away at the line. Itchy Feet has good Cheltenham form finishing runner up in a Grade 2 novice hurdle and third placed behind Klassical Dream at the festival last year. The key to his improvement is going out in trip and if his jumping holds up then he should have every chance of 2m4f. The ground is drying out and they switch to the new more galloping course tomorrow so fresh ground is good news for this exciting novice chaser trained by Olly Murphy. Faugheen endured a really hard race when bringing the house down at the Dublin Racing Festival. I wouldn’t write this special horse off despite his age and he will be involved for sure.

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 14:50
Date: 12/03/2020
Horse: Aso
Current Odds: 25/1 Betvictor, Bet365, Betfred, Paddy Power & Betfair SB, all 3 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Aso is too big a price to not back having looked sure to collect last year only to idle approaching the final fence allowing Frodon come back to win. Venetia Williams applies first time blinkers which should help this good servant concentrate on the job at hand. Min & A Plus Tard are top class at their best but Min didn’t perform here last year while A Plus Tard is the correct favourite but mighty short. One poor jump is all that separates most of these and I think a fresh Aso will go well. He was tried over three miles in the Charlie Hall chase at Wetherby but failed to stay that trip. The same can be said for his 29l defeat in the King George at Kempton. This intermediate trip is ideal and Venetia Williams will have him primed to run the race of his life.

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 15:30
Date: 12/03/2020
Horse: Summerville Boy
Current Odds: 9/1 Coral, Bet365 & William Hill, all 3 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Paisley Park can win this race for the second year running but as we saw today with Defi Du Seuil there are no certainties when dealing with racehorses. The two horses open to most improvement are Emitom and Summerville Boy. Emitom didn’t jump well enough for me when at Haydock so it is our old friend Summerville Boy who we back. We had him onside when he overcame a bad mistake at the second last hurdle before going on to win the Supreme novices hurdle in 2018. Last season was a write off as Tom George could never get him right but this season he has returned to form. He won well over fences at Uttoxeter before falling at Sandown not looking a natural chaser. Connections decided to revert to hurdling and he duly went and won the Grade 2 Relkeel hurdle going away at the line. Stepped up to three miles for the first time in the Grade 1 Cleeve Hurdle he performed really well to finish a length and a half behind Paisley Park. He has scope for improvement and has plenty of speed for this staying division.

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 16:10
Date: 12/03/2020
Horse: Ben Dundee
Current Odds: 12/1 Unibet, Ladbrokes, Betvictor & Coral, all paying 5 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Simply the Betts had his form franked massively when Imperial Aura won the novices handicap on Tuesday. We have him already backed but I want to get another on side with the bookies offering extra place terms. Ben Dundee is a second season chaser who ran well at the festival last year when third behind A Plus Tard. He made a really good seasonal debut when looking sure to win jumping the last in a Grade B handicap Chase only to get outstayed by Minella Times. The ground was testing at Navan that day and he will appreciate the better ground at Cheltenham. Gordon Elliott is a master race planner having learned his trade from Martin Pipe & Tony Martin. He switched Ben Dundee to hurdles at Christmas with an eye to protecting his chasing mark. The British handicapper has lumped 5lbs extra on top of Ben Dundee’s Irish rating of 142 but that is to be expected these days. Davy Russell rides and we know Gordon has his string in great form following two winners and a few placed runs over the first two days of the festival.

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 16:50
Date: 12/03/2020
Horse: Concertista
Current Odds: 11/2 Bet365, Paddy Power & Betfair SB, all paying 4 places.
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 1.0 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Concertista has been well tipped up and backed today but remains the one they all have to beat in this novice mares’ hurdle race. She finished a close second in the mares novice hurdle last season with Black Tears back in fourth. Black Tears is more of a stayer and proved that with her win at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival as well as her runner up finish today in the Coral Cup. Concertista will be primed for this Grade 2 and was just run out of it late at Leopardstown when giving Black Tears 2lbs. This is her fifth hurdling start and she gets a tidy 5lbs from the favourite Minella Melody. Willie Mullins would love to exact quick revenge on the same connections who lowered the colours of Benie Des Dieux on Tuesday.

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**Next Selections due Date & Time:

Thursday Night 12th March ~20:00

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