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Cheltenham Open Meet Sunday Tips

cheltenham-bookmakersWe round off a fantastic weekend with tips from Sunday’s card, featuring the Supreme Trial Novices´ Hurdle, Shloer Chase, & StanJames Greatwood Hurdle

There’s nothing like a superb day of a racing on a Sunday to get the juices flowing, and that’s what the racing world has to look forward to as the final day of Cheltenham’s Open meeting provides yet another day of fascinating action.

We have studied the card and have picked out some horses to keep an eye on.

1:35 Skybet Supreme Trial Novices´ Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices´ Hurdle) (2m1f)

One of Sunday’s highlights hopefully will be seeing the succesfull debut of Nicky Henderson’s very exciting hurdler WEST WIZARD, who has been turning heads on the Seven Barrows gallops ever since his sauntering victory in a Kempton bumper last season.

Hopes are high within his camp of a very fruitful career over the sticks with the Supreme Novices Hurdle his end of season target.

Even at this early stage of the season, the form of that Kempton race is looking above average for a contest of that nature with the runner-up, The Pirate’s Queen, winning at Taunton after finishing fifth in the Aintree bumper and the third, The Skyfarmer, winning twice, including once over hurdles.

He looks one of Phillip Hobbs’ A-Team in the novice hurdle department.

If taking to hurdles, which is pretty likely considering who is training him, the selection will take all the beating taking on a bunch of rivals who probably don’t harbour claims of Cheltenham Festival glory in March. Sea Lord, who was once rated 117 on the flat, is unbeaten over hurdle and could give West Wizard something to think about but his presence should bulk up the Dai Walters-owned price for victory.

2:40 Shloer Chase (2m)

With no Sprinter Sacre amongst the entries, it gives a chance for one of his two mile chase rivals to win some decent prize money.

Wishful Thinking is a grand old servant for team Hobbs and won this race last year but may just be outkicked by the young legs of SIRE DE GRUGY, whose progression in the last 12 months is a testament to the talents his underrated trainer Gary Moore.

The seven-year-old looked fantastic on his seasonal debut when winning a handicap chase off top-weight at Chepstow and a similar performance at Cheltenham would be far too good for his rivals to handle.

3:15 Greatwood Hurdle (2m)

There have been some notable market moves in the build-up to this valuable handicap hurdle with connections seemingly very confident of some big showings from their horses.

The biggest move has come for Cash And Go, who is trained by Henderson, and it’s hard to argue that he isn’t well handicapped. After finishing a good second in this very race last season off the same mark, the six-year-old failed to kick-on and was beaten a long way in the Ladbroke Hurdle, Betfair Hurdle and Coral Cup.

However, the word is that this is a horse that produces some special work at home and he must be better than his current mark of 141.

The value in his chances looks to have gone now though at around the 6/1 mark and we’re looking elsewhere for an each-way belter.

Our money is going down on Irish raider FLAXEN FLARE, who landed the Fred Winter Handicap in impressive fashion at the festival in March.

He looks a horse that is supremely well suited to the fast run nature of handicap hurdles as he travels with great enthusiasm and loves being produced through horses.

Despite being 15lbs higher in the weights than his Fred Winter win, Gordon Elliot’s charge can run a big race at decent each-way odds.

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