Another year of Cheltenham draws to a close today and we will be looking to go out with a bang! Here are our thoughts on the day:
1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
WHO DARES WINS 12/1 ew (4 places Paddy Power & Stan James)
Useful flat performer and made a promising start to obstacles. A decent 4th last time out round here and on better terms today. Should go well again.
2.10 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
STARCHITECT 12/1 ew (5 places most bookmakers)
Shaped well for a long way on return/debut for Pipe yard and should strip fitter as a result here. Capable of better.
2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle)
SHANTOU VILLAGE 4/1
Course winner during the winter and a good second behind subsequent festival winner Yanworth last time in the mud. Will appreciate this sounder surface and leading claims.
3.30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
DON COSSACK 11/4
Top class chaser who fell in the King George when looking like the likely winner. Confidence boosting win at Thurles since and should be bang on here once again.
4.10 St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
PAINT THE CLOUDS 6/1 EW (4 places most bookmakers)
3rd in this last year when favourite, better conditions today will suit, and good reappearance run last time out at Doncaster to set him up nicely.
4.50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
Still largely unexposed and was very impressive when winning last time, winning with any amount in hand. Booking of Jack Kennedy is a big plus and should go close today.
5.30 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3 Handicap)
CHRIS PEA GREEN 20/1 ew
One of the lesser exposed horses in this, and although jumping leaves something to be desired looks a big price from this weight and will strip fitter for latest run at Sandown.