Saturday Racing Tips from Cheltenham: Check out our best bets for day 2 of International meeting

Saturday Racing Tips From Cheltenham: Three selections for the action at Prestbury Park.
Saturday Racing Tips From Cheltenham: Three selections for the action at Prestbury Park.

Day 2 of Cheltenham's International meeting takes place on Saturday afternoon, and there's a seven-race card to light up Prestbury Park, and our in-house tipster Steve Chambers picks out his three best bets on the card here...

13:50 Cheltenham - Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase

We are set for a rip-snorting renewal of the Racing Post Gold Cup at 13:50, and heading the betting at the time of writing is the Paul Nicholls-trained Lalor, who was an eye-catching third behind Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month. That pair will lock horns again in this, and while Midnight Shadow will have a tougher task on his hands with the handicapper bumping him up, he was a fine winner that day, and he can duly frank the form here.

However, it's the Paddy Power Gold Cup fourth, DOSTAL PHIL, that can improve significantly from that run back here in November, and the Philip Hobbs-trained star can improve on his November run and storm up the Cheltenham hill to claim the prize here. Way out the back as they turned for home in the Paddy Power, Dostal Phil rocketed up the home straight and was closing with every stride, before the line came too quick for him.

A return to Cheltenham is sure to see him deliver the goods once again, and if Aidan Coleman can just get him travelling a little closer to the pace as they come down the hill then the JP McManus-owned raider can kick clear after the last fence and claim this prestigious prize with aplomb. Fusil Raffles and Coole Cody have both shown excellent form when at their best, so they need to be considered, but it's Dostal Phill that can claim victory in what looks a superb betting heat for punters to get stuck into.

13:50 Cheltenham - Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase
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15:00 Cheltenham - Unibet International Hurdle

A field of seven go to post for the Grade 2 International Hurdle, and while there may not be a leading Champion Hurdle contender on the face of it, there should be an entertaining renewal for the 15:00 contest. Reigning champion SONG FOR SOMEONE is a prominent figure in the betting, and if the Tom Symonds-trained raider can replicate last year's performance then he has to be in with a leading chance.

On his seasonal reappearance he finished a creditable second to Buzz in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot, and he's sure to improve for that run, so is the one they all have to beat. A nose winner of this event 12 months, Song For Someone will only be making his season trip to Prestbury Park, but with conditions likely to suit he can star once again.

His biggest challenger could be Sceau Royal, who showed his class when winning the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton earlier in the season, but he was behind Song For Someone in the Coral Hurdle, and any rain would hinder his chances. Former Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up Ballyadam is a fascinating contender, as he reverts back from the chasing game, and if he can show his best form again then he could be a player, but Song For Someone looks the solid play in an intriguing renewal.

15:00 Cheltenham - Unibet International Hurdle
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15:35 Cheltenham - Close Brothers Mares' Handicap Hurdle

A shock 25/1 winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, Paul Webber's INDEFATIGABLE will return to the scene of his career highlight and while she will have top weight to carry in the finale on Saturday afternoon, she looks to stand a terrific chance of landing the prize.

A winner of the Grade 2 bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby earlier in the season, she failed to follow that up when last of six in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, but a drop back into handicap company should see her hold her own, and she marks excellent value here.

Dropped 3lb for that Newbury run, she's now rated 145 by the handicapper, and that's the exact same mark she won the Martin Pipe off of, so she's attractively handicapped to go very close. Those that could challenge her include Jonjo O'Neill's exciting juvenile Trapista, who won at Huntingdon in late October, and looks an improver, while Martello Sky and Her Indoors add more depth to the 15:35 race.

15:35 Cheltenham - Close Brothers Mares' Handicap Hurdle
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