Cheltenham Tipster: Tuesday 10th March

Willie Mullins can win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on day one of the Cheltenham Festival
Willie Mullins can win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on day one of the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is finally here! I’ve picked out plenty of bets for day one, so good luck if you decide to follow.  

Note: Total stake = 6 points.

Cheltenham Tips

The unbeaten ASTERION FORLONGE (5/2 - 13:30) looks a worthy favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. This Willie Mullins-trained Point to Point winner is now 3-3 under rules and was the commanding 9.5 length winner of a Leopardstown Grade 1 last time out. He doesn’t appear to be short of pace and looks to be a strong stayer, so this race looks ideal.

The Arkle Novices’ Chase can go to NOTEBOOK (NAP at 3/1 – 14:10), who is unbeaten in his four starts over fences with his last two victories coming at Grade 1 level. Rachael Blackmore has built up a strong partnership with this seven-year-old chaser, who has clearly improved for going over the larger obstacles.

VINNDICATION (13/2 - 14:50) looks to have an excellent chance of landing the Ultima Handicap Chase. Kim Bailey’s runner has only been beaten twice in his nine career starts and was last seen winning a really competitive Ascot Grade 3 race. He appeared to relish the step up to three miles that day and should be just as well suited by today’s slightly longer trip. I’m also expecting CEPAGE (16/1 - 14:50) to run well in the same race. He won over a shorter trip at Cheltenham last time out and has also run well in defeat on several occasions at the course.

In a wide-open renewal of the Champion Hurdle, a chance is taken on two outsiders. CALL ME LORD (16/1 - 15:30) has been in fine form this season and won a Grade 2 here back in December (beat Ballyandy, Pentland Hills, Gumball and Le Patriote). He’s a really consistent performer and is sure to stay on strongly up the hill as he’s won over further. Another consistent horse is CORNERSTONE LAD (28/1 - 15:30), who is yet to finish out of the first three in his 14 starts to date. His six wins include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in November, and he put up an excellent effort in defeat at Haydock earlier this year.

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Chris Baker's P&L

The Mares’ Hurdle at 16:10 could be a thriller, but it’s a race I’m not having a bet in.

TORPILLO (28/1 - 16:50) hasn’t been able to build on his Warwick success back in November and has disappointed in each of his last two runs in better company. However, the combination of a drop in class and step up to 2m4f could bring about the required improvement. CHAMPAGNE COURT (16/1 - 16:50) has made a good start to his chasing career and comes here with two wins from his three efforts so far. He’s a sound jumper, will handle conditions and ran well over hurdles at the 2019 Festival (placed in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle).

Carefully Selected has obvious claims, but NEWTIDE (10/1 - 17:30) is taken to cause an upset in the National Hunt Chase, which will conclude the action on day one. Having won both starts over fences – albeit a little luckily last time out – he comes in to this in good form.  The extreme test of stamina should really suit him and he’s proven on testing ground.

Tip

13:30 Cheltenham
Asterion Forlonge silk

Asterion Forlonge

lost

Tip

14:10 Cheltenham
Notebook silk

Notebook

lost

Tip

14:50 Cheltenham
Vinndication silk

Vinndication

lost

Tip

14:50 Cheltenham
Cepage silk

Cepage

lost

Tip

15:30 Cheltenham
Call Me Lord silk

Call Me Lord

lost

Tip

15:30 Cheltenham
Cornerstone Lad silk

Cornerstone Lad

Tip

16:50 Cheltenham
Torpillo silk

Torpillo

lost

Tip

16:50 Cheltenham
Champagne Court silk

Champagne Court

lost

Tip

17:30 Cheltenham
Newtide silk

Newtide

lost
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