Friday Nap: Front View, (1730 Cheltenham), 3pts win, 6/1:
We’re saving the best til last. Long after the Lord Mayor’s parade, today’s finale features a rematch of stables and connections. Last year Joseph O’Brien’s Early Doors nabbed Gordon Elliott’s Dallas des Pictons, and history looks set to repeat itself. Gordon’s Column Of Fire has a massive chance, but Joseph’s Front View could be very classy and looks to have stolen in here off a wonderful mark. Inexperience is his challenge, but he has the best jockey on board and the combination can make punters very happy on the long road home.
Tuesday Big Race Feature: Santini, (1530 Cheltenham), 2pts win, 4/1:
The whole world seems happy to diss Santini as a big slow boat. That may be a bit harsh as he did run close in the RSA last year over a sharper and shorter course than this, finishing ahead of Delta Work, and after an awful interrupted preparation. All has gone right this time around and his knockers will not want to see him still in the mix at the bottom of the hill as he has terrific stamina. Al Boum Photo is the main danger, but although a good winner last year, may not be as robust a stayer as Santini if it comes down to a duel.
Rest of Tuesday:
Solo, (1330 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 3/1
An awesome Triumph Hurdle in prospect with four outstanding juveniles in opposition. Allmankind’s tearaway front running tactics could be vulnerable, while it is not ideal that Aspire Tower comes here off a fall. Goshen is a beast and has the potential to tear this race apart, but Solo looked a class act at Kempton, and may just be too good in a fascinating match up.
Mohaayed, (1410 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 10/1:
A traditional cavalry charge where the recent records of Mullins and Skelton are bot remarkable. We like Ciel de Neige for Willie, but Skelton’s three wins in that last four include a win for Mohaayed in 2018 (for which we remain eternally grateful). His record in the race is 717, in each case arguably his best run of the year. He has had a wind op, and has dropped back to a mark 10lbs below last year, and everything will have been planned with this day in mind.
Harry Senior, (1450 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 10/1:
The form of some of Philip Hobbs’ big hopes would be worrying for backers of favourite Thyme Hill, whilst the form of Latest Exhibition has take a few knock as well. Monkfish doesn’t look ready for this battle, whilst the tactic to step Janidil up a full mile looks debatable. Harry Senior looks a more straightforward type with good course form who promises to get better stepped up in trip, and he looks a fair price.
Kalabaloo, (1610 Cheltenham), 0.5pts each way (5 places) 33/1:
The amateurs are back out for the Foxhunters. The solid pick here is probably Billaway under Patrick Mullins who won well last time and is young enough to still be on the improve, we prefer him to the old hands of Hazel Hill and Minella Rocco. But with the ground on the dry-out, we’ll risk a cheeky each way on a good ground loving mare with course form in Kalabaloo at a monster price.
Lisp, (1650 Cheltenham), 1pt win, 7/1:
Our original fancy for this, On The Slopes, just failed to make the cut, so we will revert to the classic system of finding a good quality novice. That could be Greaneteen, but he has gone up a lot for winning poor races, and we prefer Alan King’s Lisp. This was a good hurdler who showed aptitude for this type of challenge when 5th in the County Hurdle last year off a higher mark. His chase form looks decent and drying ground is a plus.
The Daily Yankee:
Front View – Santini – Lisp – Mohaayed
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