3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
White rhino 1.10 @ 7/1
Gaboriot 3.20 @ 13/8
Show Compassion 4.30 @ 3/1
Selected Donny – probably good ground on this flat and galloping track
1.00Nothing really stands out but the consistent Gone In Sixty is likely to be bang there again , but winning remains the issue . Doubling him with a similar type in the Newcastle opener , Isle Of Wolves.
1/4pt ew double Gone In Sixty @ 4/1 Isle of Wolves @ 6/1
1.35 The short priced fav Inqui Machin is one of a number making their hurdles debut , and does bring useful bumper form to the table , but his best effort came at the stiff Chepstow while his run at a speed track was only average . Samazul is another making his hurdles debut and with good bumper form , and has good form on a speed track .
1/4pt win Samazul @ 7/2
2.45 PREMIUM RACE
3.20 An uncompetitive heat and the clear form horse is recent good ground Kempton winner Gaboriot , just 3 pounds higher .
1/2pt win Gaboriot @ 13/8
3.53 This is more about quantity than quality and the drying ground and this C&D may well not play into the hooves of the prolific Zwicky , who is partnered by a struggling jockey in this race for conditionals. Well Vicky went 3 from 3 in handicaps last season , and it’s unsure whether her new mark is beyond her .
1/4pt win Where’s Vicky @ 5/1
Selected Cheltenham – good to soft on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
1.15 It remains uncertain how good the prolific White Rhino is , as he won his first handicap off a very lowly 74, and has won 3 of his next 4 , unlucky not to be unbeaten as a handicapper . He turned his comeback spin into a rout in the Carlisle mud , so should have no problems with today’s C&D or ground . He is a massive 9 pounds higher but it is quite easy picking holes in the chances of his rivals.
1/2pt win White Rhino @ 7/1
1.45 The admirably consistent Triple Trade finished strongly last time to be a close 2nd over C&D and today’s slower ground will help , but the nod goes to the useful , tough and genuine Calico who showed vast improvement last season culminating in a great effort in a Grade 1 . Won’t fail for lack of effort
1/4pt win Calico @ 6/1
2.20 3 races in 2 years worries me about recent smart winner JPR One , who does have it do on official ratings anyway . Irish raider Mighty Tom brings very useful form to the table and both the C&D and ground are in his favour .
1/2pt win Mighty Tom @ 15/8
2.55 Galvin and Delta Hero fought out a titanic finish over C&D at The Cheltenham Festival, with the latter just staying the better . Today’s race is a handicap, so the rest of the field are entitled to get much closer , including of course Back On The Lash , winner of this for the last two years , but I expect class to prevail and as the tip is partnered by an excellent 7 pound claimer , gets the nod .
1/2pt win Galvin @ 10/3
Selected Newcastle – all weather – tapeta . The track is stiff and galloping
Sorry , time for selections only
1.55 1/4pt ew Ayr Poet @ 9/1
2.30 1/4pt win Meydaan @ 6/4
3.05 1/4pt win Haaland @ 5/2
3.40 PREMIUM RACE
4.15 ¼ pt win El Zoud @ 4/1
5.20 1/2pt ew Goldmine Girl @ 8/1
5.52 1/2pt win Gloves @ 9/2
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
4.30 There’s a question mark regarding the hat-trick seeking Henery Hawk at this longer trip , despite Linda Perret’s recent excellent record at the track . This isn’t a deep race and as recent C&D winner Show Compassion is just 2 pounds higher and in a race for apprentices has the services of fully fledged jockey Billy Loughnane .
1/2pt win Show Compassion @ 3/1
5.00 Recent C&D winner Guiteau had the run of the race up front when winning but the 4 pound hit will test despite a good draw. Another recent C&D winner is Connected , but off his new mark and from the worst of the draw makes scant appeal . Once Adaay comes here on the back of a fine 3rd at Kempton . Despite a wide draw , this course winner gets the nod off a reduced mark .
1/4pt win Once Adaay @ 5/1
6.00 A very tricky nursery but the well drawn Squeaker went down by just a short head in a recent C&D maiden , putting her on a workable mark .
1/4pt win Squeaker @ 13/2
6.30 PREMIUM RACE
7.30 The dual C&D winner Phantasy Mac showed a bit more like it last time off his much reduced mark . Down a further 2 pounds , and this isn’t deep.
1/4pt win Phantasy Mac @ 5/1
8.00 PREMIUM RACE