Cheltenham Place 6 preview | 17th March
13.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
BLOOD DESTINY has won both his starts in Ireland impressively and while Paul Townend seemingly prefers Lossiemouth, his deflection doesn’t diminish my interest and he has excellent claims. ZENTA overcame two bad mistakes to win smoothly on her stable debut last time and isn’t to be underestimated, while GALA MARCEAU lowered the colours of Lossiemouth last time and should go well.
Selections: BLOOD DESTINY, ZENTA, GALA MARCEAU
14.10 – McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle
PIED PIPER has a big weight to carry but he is a Grade 1 winner and ran a belter when third in last season’s Triumph Hurdle. With course form reading 131, he should go well with Davy Russell maintaining the partnership. WONDERWALL ran well in the Champion Bumper here two seasons ago and is on a nice mark off a nice weight in this race. An interesting outsider indeed, while WINTER FOG and SHARJAH complete the quartet of options.
Selections: PIED PIPER, WONDERWALL, WINTER FOG, SHARJAH
14.50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
CORBETTS CROSS has won his last three hurdle starts over various distances and will have no problem going back over this longer trip. He comes out best on ratings and is open to further improvement. He has strong claims, while DAWN RISING has left the impression he would be suited to extra emphasis on stamina and isn’t out of this at huge odds.
Selections: CORBETTS CROSS, DAWN RISING
15.30 – Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
STATTLER will be well suited to the Gold Cup distance and his jumping will stand him in good stead. He won the National Hunt Chase last year under Patrick Mullins and is great material to make the frame. BRAVEMANSGAME impressed in winning the King George last time and has been saved for this since. Paul Nicholls has a great record in the Gold Cup and after a winner yesterday, the champion trainer will fancy his chances of bringing the prize home to Ditcheat.
Selections: STATTLER, BRAVEMANSGAME
16.10 – St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase
CHRIS’S DREAM has a bundle of course form at the Festival and has run in the Gold Cup and Ryanair for the last two seasons. He must have every chance for his in-form handler. THE STORYTELLER is a former Grade 1 winner and was fifth in the Stayers’ Hurdle two seasons ago. He has plenty of good Festival form too and is a big player with Jamie Codd taking the ride.
Selections: CHRIS’S DREAM, THE STORYTELLER
16.50 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase
IMPERVIOUS is a progressive chaser, who has won all three of her starts and her jumping is one of her biggest assets. Her form looks a lot stronger than what the favourite has achieved and she has the course form in her book courtesy of her sixth in the Mares’ Novice last year. She should be a clear favourite.