Cheltenham Tips: Four bets for Saturday's racing on ITV Racing

We have four bets for Saturday's racing at Cheltenham.
We have four bets for Saturday's racing at Cheltenham.

It's Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham racecourse on Saturday afternoon and four races will take place in front of the ITV racing cameras with the feature contest going off at 14:20. Our in-house tipster Steve Chambers previews the four live races and picks out his best bet for each race here...

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13:45 Cheltenham - From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices' Chase

There's a fascinating Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial at 13:45, which is the first race to be shown on ITV, and the Paul Nicholls-trained Monmiral is heading the betting and will make his chasing debut and looks an exciting novice for the multiple champion trainer. Nicky Henderson will unleash former Triumph Hurdle hero Pentland Hills, who had a walkover win last time out, while Tommy's Oscar is another classy performer taking his chance.

However, the one to side with is Joseph O'Brien's BANBRIDGE, who was last seen at Cheltenham bounding to glory in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, and the six-year-old can return to the scene of his biggest prize by landing this Grade 2 event with aplomb. Around a 3/1 shot, at the time of writing, Banbridge failed to follow up when well fancied for the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April, but he made a winning start to his novice chasing career when cruising to an eight-and-a-half length win in a Gowran Park novice chase and he's sure to improve on that effort.

Making all that day, Banbridge appeared to enjoy the switch to fences and he will have some valuable experience over his rivals here and could well put some out of their comfort zone. A 33/1 chance for the Arkle before Saturday's contest, O'Brien's charge can propel into the 2m novice chase picture with a fine win here.

13:45 Cheltenham - From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices' Chase
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14:20 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase

A hugely competitive renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup will be off at 14:20 and the Mouse Morris-trained French Dynamite is the current market leader at 9/2 and he has some smart form from last season and is looking to become the first horse since Tranquil Sea in 2009 to be trained in Ireland and claim this title.

Jamie Snowden's Ga Law is another prominent figure in the betting and shaped with promise on his comeback run last time out, while Stolen Silver was an emphatic winner at the track in April and has to be a leading contender for what is a real tough task for punters.

However, the one to be with is the Paul Nicholls-trained IL RIDOTO, who is still only five years old, but he showed some smart form last season over fences. An impressive win at Newbury at the start of the season saw him rocket up the handicap and he put up a decent effort when eighth in the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Nicholls has won this race on two previous occasions and he's since given Il Ridoto a breathing operation, which should help his chances here. 

Last seen finishing third of five in a Grade 2 novice chase at Ayr's Grand National meeting, Il Ridoto has been dropped in the handicap a little bit, so off a mark of 140 here he looks capable of landing a significant blow in what should be a fabulous spectacle on day two of the November Meeting.

14:20 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase
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Cheltenham Tips

14:55 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle

Shearer was a fine winner at Cheltenham last month in a novices' hurdle and the hugely progressive Paul Nicholls-trained raider will look to build on that win here, but an 8lbs rise will leave him with a stiff ask and he could just be vulnerable for what looks another thrilling betting heat.

Former Stayers' Hurdle hero Lisnagar Oscar is a fascinating contender at double-figured odds, while Annual Invictus is a prominent figure in the betting and has to betting, but all eyes should be on the top-weighted ON THE BLIND SIDE, who is attempting to win this event for a second time.

A winner of the contest back in 2020 off a mark of 145, Nicky Henderson's ten-year-old will carry top weight in Saturday's event, but off a mark of 144, so he is attractively weighted to run a huge race. He found life tough in the second half of last season, but he produced a cracking run on his first start when finishing second in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, so this could be the best time to catch him fresh. Undoubtedly one of the class acts in the race, if the Seven Barrows veteran can show his best form then he's going to be very tough to get by up the Prestbury Park hill.

14:55 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle
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15:30 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

Nicky Hendeson's WISEGUY is still very lightly-raced with only three starts under Rules, but having already tasted victory in two of those the Seven Barrows raider heads to Cheltenham as a fascinating contender in the handicap hurdle at 15:30. A winner of a Doncaster bumper, he could then only finish third on debut over hurdles, but he improved significantly on his return to Doncaster when breezing to a first win over timber and off 119 here looks a leading contender.

A lack of experience is a notable concern as he will be coming up against some battle-hardened handicappers here, but it's likely that most of those are in the grasp of the handicapper, but Wiseguy is certainly on a mark that he can work with this season. The bottom-weighted Unanswered is challenging for favouritism, at the time of writing, and is another with huge potential over timber this season, but Wiseguy can get the measure of him here and use this race as a springboard to bigger and better things later on in the campaign.

15:30 Cheltenham - Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle
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