The Weekend Wager: Raceolly's tips for Cheltenham on Saturday

Fusil Raffles

In this week's edition of The Weekend Wager, Raceolly focuses on Cheltenham's action-packed Saturday card, which is live in front of the ITV racing cards, and he has four tips for the action here...

12:05 Cheltenham - JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle

TITIAN is a recent 155,000gns purchase after winning at Doncaster for William Haggas. He’s an 88 rated Flat horse brought to David Pipe with the Triumph Hurdle in mind and starts off in the race that Pipe won last year with eventual triumph runner up Adagio.

12:05 Cheltenham - JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle
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Titian

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13:15 Cheltenham - Simon Claisse Handicap Chase

FRERO BANBOU is getting better with each run this season having been heavily backed on seasonal debut when running a strange race, dropping out early but running on in to fourth at the end. He ran well last time behind Il Ridoto at Newbury, who then went on to go off just 6/1 for a Grade 1 on his next start, but has form with the favourite here at the end of last season at Aintree which makes him very interesting. Beaten eight lengths that day behind Editeur Du Gite, but now has an 18lbs turn around in the handicap and finds himself twice the price. It’s Venetia Williams' time of the season and she’s sent out six winners from 23 runners over the last two weeks (26% win rate) and has sent out 47 horses in handicap chases this season for which 11 have won (23% win).

13:15 Cheltenham - Simon Claisse Handicap Chase
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Frero Banbou

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13:50 Cheltenham - Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase

This is such a good race when you dig in to it and there’s plenty to like about a few of the huge prices in particular Topofthecotswolds, who took my eye at a massive 40/1, but I can’t get away from FUSIL RAFFLES on his handicap debut. He won the Charlie Hall on his last start and although fortunate after the Shan Blue fall he did beat the rest well and is a young and improving chaser with more to come. He's won at the track twice and finished a good second in the Marsh Novices' Chase behind Chantry House at the Cheltenham Festival, a horse who he’s beaten here before also over course and distance. Daryl Jacob has an excellent strike rate when riding for Nicky Henderson with a 25% win rate after 170 rides over the last five seasons.

13:50 Cheltenham - Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase
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Fusil Raffles

lost

15:35 Cheltenham - Close Brothers Mares' Handicap Hurdle

MARTELLO SKY won over course and distance to end last season winning nicely then won easily on seasonal debut at Market Rasen taking her hurdle record to four wins from five runs before going to Aintree for a very hot race, where all but one had won at at least Grade 2 level with the other a Listed winner. She went off favourite for that race and ran very well in fourth finishing upside Stayers' Hurdle winner Lisnagar Oscar and previous Aintree hurdle winner If The Cap Fits. That was a huge run and market expectations indicated that she would have gone close, and she's now dropped back in to a handicap for this tomorrow off 140, and is very appealing especially when you dig through the recent form (Earlofthecotswolds 3rd behind at Market Rasen won next two and now rated 139 and finishing upsides 155 rated horses last time out)

15:35 Cheltenham - Close Brothers Mares' Handicap Hurdle
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Martello Sky

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